The Senate is due to vote on the confirmation of Robert McDonald at 2:45 p.m.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said money for the Coast Guard should be included in an emergency funding bill to deal with the crisis at the border.
“If we could have a greater percentage of those drugs interdicted then we would seriously start to diminish some of this migration to the north,” Nelson said.
Reid and McConnell will schedule the vote, which could come as early as today.
Sen. McCaskill said Friday she would introduce a bill to protect whistleblowers in the VA.
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he and his House counterpart had a “productive” meeting before the weeklong recess in an effort to produce a conference report to address the VA healthcare scandal. But he added that he wouldn't accept certain pay-fors.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Monday that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is “going in exactly the wrong direction” because new data show healthcare wait times are rising.
Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced a bill that would take back bonuses paid to VA employees who falsified waitlist times.
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) said she wouldn’t support sending more troops into Iraq until President Obama outlines a clear strategy.
Sen. Blumenthal warned President Obama’s VA nominee he faces tough questioning.
Martin Matishak 06/24/14 12:57 PM EDT
“I have no way of knowing when the leader’s going to find a place for it."