14 Feb '17, 1am

#Breaking: Senate confirms Shulkin as VA Secretary in 100-0 vote

WASHINGTON — David Shulkin will be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs after winning one of the easiest Senate confirmations of all President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. The Senate voted 100-0 to confirm Shulkin on Monday evening. Shulkin, a physician, worked as VA undersecretary for health in 2015 and oversaw the country’s largest health care system, which comprising 1,700 facilities. Now in the VA’s top spot, he’ll take over leadership of its approximately 370,000 employees and an annual budget of nearly $180 billion. Shulkin’s confirmation faced little resistance. Many prominent veterans organizations expressed their support for Trump’s pick, as did Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee after a mostly amiable confirmation hearing Feb. 1. The 57-year-old will be the first VA secretary with no military service – a fac...

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