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September 26, 2023

Biden’s pick for a top VA role faces tough Senate confirmation battle after scathing review

Biden's pick for a top VA role, Dr. Richard Stone, is facing a tough Senate confirmation battle after a recent, scathing review of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The review indicates that the VA has not effectively addressed several long-standing issues, including improving health care services, reducing its backlog in benefits claims, and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse. Stone has faced significant opposition since his nomination, including from ranking Republican members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, like Sen. John Boozman (R-AR). Stone will still need to answer tough questions from committee members during his confirmation hearing before getting a final vote from the Senate.