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Thune meets with VA nominee McDonald


Washington DC (KELO-AM) South Dakota Senator John Thune (R) on Thursday met with President Obama's nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), Robert McDonald, and he apparently liked what he heard.

They discussed much needed reforms at the VA, and Thune says he underscored the importance of the Hot Springs VA facility.

“I appreciated the opportunity to visit with nominee McDonald and discuss how his private sector experience at Procter & Gamble could direct the much-needed changes within the VA,” said Thune. “I expressed my expectation that the next VA secretary must ensure that our veterans get the care they have earned without delay, and Mr. McDonald shared his clear vision for delivering on this undertaking. South Dakota veterans, especially those in rural locations, face unique challenges in accessing care. I was pleased that Mr. McDonald was receptive to my concerns, and I look forward to the prospect of working with him.”

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously approved McDonald’s nomination on Wednesday, and a full Senate vote is expected within days.