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Sat Aug 5, 2017, 07:26 AM

Senate approves six senior VA nominees after a congressional delay

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Senate approves six senior VA nominees after a congressional delay

By: Leo Shane III    1 day ago

WASHINGTON ó The Senate confirmed six senior Veterans Affairs nominees on Thursday, filling a host of vacancies for a department where the White House has promised massive reforms and structural changes. The confirmations came in the upper chamberís wrap-up work just before a planned August recess. Before Thursday, the only VA nominee approved by the Senate so far this year was Secretary David Shulkin, who was approved by a 100-0 vote back in February. Now, that total has jumped to seven.

Thomas Bowman, a Marine Corps veteran who previously served as majority staff director for the Senate Veteransí Affairs Committee, was confirmed as the new VA Deputy Secretary. Brooks Tucker will take over as the assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs for legislative affairs, and James Byrne will serve as be general counsel for the department. The Senate also confirmed three veterans claims appeals court judges.
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