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Obama announces nomination of new Veteran Affairs secretary

English.news.cn   2014-07-01 06:49:32

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday announced his nomination of Robert McDonald, former CEO of Procter & Gamble, as his choice to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs.

"When it comes to delivering quality, timely health care to ( veterans), we have to do better," Obama said at the VA's headquarters.

The assignment is no easy, but McDonald is well-suited for the task, Obama said.

The nomination still awaits approval by the Senate.

If confirmed, "my priority would be to lead that transformation " of the Veteran Affairs Department, said McDonald, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The U.S. Veteran Affairs Department, with more than 300,000 employees, has been slammed by the public since April when a health care scandal, triggered by a VA hospital where 40 veterans allegedly died while waiting for treatment.

The investigation on the VA scandal has revealed broad and deep- seated problems in the sprawling health care system, which provides medical care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.

Under increasing pressure from the Congress to address troubling allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals, President Obama accepted Eric Shinseki's resignation as VA Secretary on May 30.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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