In a break from the partisan rancor over President Donald Trump’s nominees, senators came together to back his choice to helm the Department of Veterans Affairs, who so happened to be a senior-level holdover from the administration of President Barack Obama.
David Shulkin received overwhelming bipartisan support to head the VA, which has been plagued by health care scandals in recent years. Senators quickly backed Shulkin in a unanimous vote.
A rare holdover, Shulkin has been serving as under secretary of health at the department. He was appointed to that post by Obama.
Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and ranking Democrat Jon Tester of Montana both supported Shulkin’s nomination through the committee process, where support was unanimous.
The vote went as expected Monday evening. Under an agreement between Republicans and Democrats, Shulkin only needed 10 minutes of formal floor debate before being up for the roll call.
That’s a real contrast from many of Trump’s other nominees, for whom Democrats have asserted their rights to extend debate as much as possibly under the Senate’s rules.
Another swift confirmation is expected Tuesday, when senators are expected to back Linda McMahon to helm the Small Business Administration.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.