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Rubio Supports VA Secretary, Reaffirms His Commitment to Serving Veterans

Feb 8, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement after voting to confirm Denis McDonough to be the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 
“We can never repay the debt we owe to our nation’s veterans, but we must make sure they receive the care and resources they deserve,” Rubio said. “Denis McDonough has spent his career working in public service at the highest levels, and he has committed to improving the quality of care that our veterans receive. I look forward to working with Mr. McDonough to ensure he upholds our commitments to our veterans.” 
Senator Rubio has long been committed to assisting veterans and improving the Veterans Affairs Department. 

  • In 2017, Rubio’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act became law. The legislation gave the VA secretary the power to dismiss bad employees, and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers.
  • In 2020, Rubio’s Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act became law. The legislation assists veterans re-entering the workforce by directing the National Science Foundation to encourage veterans to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
  • In 2020, Rubio led legislation to rename the VA Clinic at the city of St. Augustine in St. Johns County Florida after Private First Class Leo C. Chase, Jr., the first man from St. Johns County to be killed in the Vietnam War.