Jon Tester

Senate on track to confirm Trump's VA pick

Physician David Shulkin headed toward likely confirmation as President Donald Trump's veterans affairs secretary after offering repeated assurances to sometimes skeptical senators that he will work quickly to meet the medical care needs of millions of veterans without dismantling the beleaguered department.

A Senate panel set an initial vote for Tuesday on Shulkin's nomination. A vote would come sometime after that in the full Senate, where he is expected to be easily confirmed.

"We will hold him accountable on behalf of all veterans to the pledges he made during his confirmation hearing," said Sen. Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans' Affairs...