"Our veterans deserve better than that," Robert McDonald said.
Veterans can seek private medical care if they live more than 40 miles from a VA facility.
Robert McDonald defended his work at a contentious hearing on Wednesday.
VA Secretary McDonald touted the "largest reorganization" in agency history.
McDonald "skeptical" whether lawmakers understand the law.
The action follows a scandal over patient wait times for veterans nationwide.
Robert McDonald addressed a disabled veterans conference in his first speech as secretary.
The Senate easily adopted a $17 billion overhaul of the VA.
Senators approved Robert McDonald in a 97-0 vote.
The Senate is due to vote on the confirmation of Robert McDonald at 2:45 p.m.
Obama nominee Robert McDonald is expected to sail to confirmation.
The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee chairman "was impressed" with Robert McDonald.
Construction could halt unless Congress approves more funds this week.
Obama visits the epicenter of last year's scandal on Veterans Affairs.
Average wait times for care have dropped from 51 to 42 days.
The reorganization will establish a new agency-wide customer service organization.
The senator called on the VA to act “as aggressively as possible” in firing managers that covered...
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) demanded that Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert...
Obama made his first comments about the U.S. general killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.
In a 97-0 vote, lawmakers gave Robert McDonald a clear mandate to reform the agency.
The Senate starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and will vote to confirm Robert McDonald to be Veterans...
The panel unanimously backed Robert McDonald, sending his nomination to the full Senate.
Biden urged lawmakers to find a compromise VA bill and confirm Robert McDonald.
On Tuesday, the Senate VA chairman met Robert McDonald for the first time.