Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination The Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism Dems to party: Go on offense with Trump’s alleged affairs 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 McConnellRepublicans divided over legislation protecting Mueller The Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo 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 MurrayOvernight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes Duckworth brings her baby to Senate vote, drawing a crowd Maternal deaths keep rising in US, raising scrutiny 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 Ken ShinsekiIs Ronny Jackson qualified to be the next VA secretary? Let's look at his predecessors GOP, vet groups react with caution to Trump VA pick The real VA scandal: No will to help veterans 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.