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Rounds Statement on Committee Confirmation of Robert Wilkie to be VA Secretary

Committee voted to send Wilkie’s confirmation to Senate floor

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today voted in committee to advance the confirmation of Robert Wilkie to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The full Senate will now have the opportunity to vote on his confirmation.


“After meeting with Mr. Wilkie in my office recently, as well as questioning him during his confirmation hearing in the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I voted to advance his confirmation to the Senate floor today,” said Rounds. “Mr. Wilkie is well-qualified to lead the VA at a time when the agency is attempting to return to its mission of serving our nation’s veterans. During his confirmation hearing, I shared with Mr. Wilkie my concerns regarding the VA MISSION Act and reiterated my interest in working directly with the VA to address them to make sure care for our veterans is priority number one. Mr. Wilkie is the right person at this time to lead the VA.”


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