The Wall Street Journal: Robert Wilkie easily wins Senate confirmation as VA secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to confirm Robert Wilkie as the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Wilkie, a Washington insider and longtime Defense Department official, was confirmed with a vote of 86-9.

The new secretary, who has worked both in government and at private-sector defense contractors, takes over a department facing large-scale changes and that still has vacancies in key leadership positions. As the VA chief, Wilkie will lead a department with more than 350,000 employees and a nearly $200 billion budget.

Wilkie first served as acting secretary after the ouster of Trump’s first VA secretary, David Shulkin, in March over a travel expenses scandal.

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