31 Jan '17, 6pm

Shulkin could face tough questions on VA reform during Senate hearing - News - Stripes

WASHINGTON – David Shulkin, President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, could face some scrutiny about his plans to reform the agency Wednesday during his Senate confirmation hearing. So far, some lawmakers have signaled at a quick confirmation for Shulkin, who already worked at the VA under President Barack Obama as the agency’s undersecretary of health. But some veterans tracking the process remain cautious about Shulkin’s plans for the VA, primarily regarding changes affecting how veterans receive private care at the government’s expense. “I hope we can have an expeditious, but thorough, hearing, and get him sent up to the floor of the Senate and get him on the job as soon as possible,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “Our veterans don’t deserve to have a coach on the bench wh...

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