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US Senate confirms new head for scandal-ridden veterans' bureau

Robert McDonald testifies before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on July 22, 2014 in Washington, DCThe US Senate unanimously confirmed a former army officer and corporate leader as secretary of veterans affairs Tuesday, as lawmakers acknowledged he faces an uphill battle to reform the scandal-plagued department. Lawmakers closed ranks, 97-0, to approve President Barack Obama’s nominee, former Procter & Gamble chief executive Robert McDonald, as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. They were keen to fill the void after VA secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid a string of crises over failures in health care for America’s retired warriors.

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