Senate Expected to Confirm McDonald as VA Secretary Today

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald AP Photo

Opposition to prospective VA chief likely to be in short supply.

The Senate will consider the nomination of former Procter & Gamble CEO, Robert McDonald, to be the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs with a floor vote at 2:45 p.m. today following an hour of debate.

The vote comes a day after the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee announced agreement on a $17 billion bipartisan VA reform bill.  

Based on praise McDonald received from both sides of the aisle at his confirmation hearing last Tuesday, and near-universal endorsement by the major veterans’ service groups, such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, the vote to confirm him should be close to unanimous.

Sometimes -- even in the Senate -- things are simple.