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With more than two weeks until Donald Trump’s inauguration, it remains unclear when the president-elect will select his Department of Veterans Affairs secretary, as names are dropped and added to the list of candidates.

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On Tuesday, the Senate will take up the nomination of Robert McDonald as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The highly regarded former CEO of Procter & Gamble, one of the largest and most trusted consumer goods companies in the world, and former infantry captain in the 82nd Airborne, will undoubtedly face a severe grilling from lawmakers.

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It’s unusual for a former CEO troubleshooter to be picked by the Obama administration to lead this post, and former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald has a history of supporting Republicans, having donated money to both Mitt Romney’s presidential run and House Speaker John Boehner’s congressional campaign.

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In a pick that surprised much of Washington last month, President Barack Obama tapped former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is reeling from a series of scandals over the last few months. On Tuesday, in a vote that comes just days before Congress's five-week recess, the Senate confirmed McDonald as the new secretary with a unanimous 97-0 vote.

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