Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) announced an agreement Thursday to hold a confirmation vote on Robert McDonald to be Veterans Affairs Secretary.

Reid asked unanimous consent for him and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) to schedule a time for the vote, which could happen as early as today.

McDonald was nominated by President Obama to head the VA, which has been plagued by a scandal over long wait times for patients and those seeking benefits.

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On Wednesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee cleared McDonald’s nomination in a 14-0 vote.

"In a critical moment, Mr. McDonald is faced with a monumental task to fix the serious systemic and cultural challenges at the VA," Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayChildren’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Schumer calls for attaching ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance MORE (D-Wash.) said. "After hearing from him personally, I am confident he will bring his successful management and leadership track record, and his commitment to service, to ensure our nation’s heroes get the benefits and services they have earned."

McDonald is a former Procter & Gamble executive, who lawmakers are hoping can change the culture of the VA, after an investigation found mismanagement throughout the healthcare system.

Former VA Secretary Eric ShinsekiEric ShinsekiHouse approves VA bill, sending it to Trump Senate backs bill making it easier to fire VA employees Shulkin confirmed to lead Dept. of Veterans Affairs MORE resigned after reports that VA facilities falsified waitlists to hide backlogs in healthcare treatment.

Lawmakers are working on a deal to allow some veterans who have waited for healthcare to seek medical treatment at non-VA facilities, but House and Senate leaders have so far failed to reach an agreement on compromise legislation.