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Shinseki confirmed as new VA secretary

Gen. Eric Shinseki talks with reporters at the Pentagon in 2000 when Shinseki was Army chief of staff. Shinseki has been confirmed as the next Veterans Affairs secretary.

Shinseki confirmed as new VA secretary
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jan 20, 2009 16:29:22 EST

Retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki was confirmed Tuesday to be secretary of veterans affairs in President Obamas Cabinet.

The Senate confirmed Shinseki by voice vote and without debate just hours after Obama was sworn in as the 44th president. The Senate also approved the Cabinet appointments for the energy, education, interior, agriculture and education departments and Obamas choice to head the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The nomination of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to be Obamas secretary of state will come to a vote in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. The delay comes because some Republicans, especially Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, wanted a recorded vote on Clintons nomination instead of the voice votes allowed on the other cabinet posts.

No vote is required on Obamas decision to keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Pentagon.

Shinseki, who retired 2003 as Army chief of staff, takes over the Department of Veterans Affairs in the middle of an overhaul of the disability ratings system for ill and injured veterans and at a time when VA is being closely monitored on how it will handle the Aug. 1 effective date for the Post-9/11 GI Bill that promises to cover full tuition plus living and book allowances.

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