"Our Democratic colleagues won't take yes for an answer," Sen. John Cornyn said.
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Leaders chose not to green-light a provision on whether immigrants can enlist.
"We're just not going to let the process go forward," he said.
Senate Republicans have been criticizing the VA for months.
His nomination had been held up by a fight over Guantánamo Bay.
Republicans seek to cobble together a bipartisan coalition that can approve a debt-relief bill.
The Senate is inching closer to a showdown with the House over Zika funding.
Republicans said the measure would have helped combat Zika; Democrats cried foul.
The bill passed by unanimous consent despite vocal opposition from the White House.
“Quite frankly, that's just not going to cut it,” Rubio said of the House effort.