Obama is also attending a Democratic National Committee event Thursday before returning to Washington. Obama attended six Democratic Party events this week in Washington state and California, meeting with donors and trying to drum up support for Democrats in the midterm elections. The president returns to Washington as Congress attempts to break a logjam over how to deal with an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America at the southwest border. He also is facing crises in Ukraine and the Middle East. more from business get related content delivered to your inbox You are now subscribed.
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"In order to retain the trust of the American people, and most importantly, veterans, we must ensure every employee has an action plan in their annual performance review that rolls up to the strategic plan and the mission of the department," he said. He also told senators he would give them his cellphone number and encouraged them to use it, adding that as P&G's CEO, his phone was turned on "24 hours a day." McDonald, 61, was nominated to replace Eric Shinseki, who resigned as VA secretary in late May amid a scandal over the coverup of delays in scheduling medical appointments at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics across the country. In Phoenix, doctors have said that some 40 veterans died as their names languished on secret waiting lists while officials misrepresented wait-time data to meet targets for bonus compensation. Shinseki, a retired four-star Army general, had said that he had not been made aware of the wait-time problems until the scandal boiled over in the media this year, amid dozens of investigations by the VA inspector general. Asked how he would avoid the same situation, McDonald said he would get out of the executive suite and visit many of the department's 1,700 facilities to help improve their communication with the Washington head office. "You don't want people in your community lying.
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His father served in the Army Air Corps after World War II, and his wife's father was shot down over Europe and survived harsh treatment as a prisoner of war. Another relative was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and receives care from the VA, McDonald said, and a nephew is in the Air Force, deployed in the Middle East. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald said he would take a series of actions over his first 90 days "to deliver the needed reforms our veterans deserve." He said he plans to lay out a veteran-centered vision for the department and improve communication within the vast agency, which includes more than 300,000 employees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. His plan includes frequent video conferences with employees and extensive travel to field offices around the country, he said. No opposition surfaced during the 2 -hour hearing, and senators from both parties said McDonald appeared headed to easy confirmation. View gallery Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio is flanked by Sens.
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KCAL9s Dave Bryan spoke with residents about the presidents visit amid the escalating conflicts abroad. Some people in Larchmont Village criticized the president for diverting three days away for a cross-country fundraising trip at this time. I think the obvious answer that theres a lot of stuff going on, and maybe his time isnt as well spent fundraising in Hancock Park, one young woman said. I hope hes focused enough on whats going on with the Middle East, and Gaza, and the Ukraine. Things are really awful right now, so I assume hes working on that, another woman said.
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Abercrombie is locked in a tight primary with state Sen. David Ige. The vote is scheduled for August 9. An Abercrombie spokesman, Shane Peters, said the governors team approached the president with three options for ad scripts, all far more formal. But the president insisted on the personal approach, Peters said. Its far beyond anything we would ever presume to ask the president to say, Peters said, adding that the use of the term ohana came from Obamas camp, too.
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Most of the children came from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Funding Request Obama is seeking $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to address what his administration has called a humanitarian crisis. House Republican leaders are proposing to give Obama less than half that amount. Obama met July 21 at the White House with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other members of his Homeland Security Council to consider responses to the crisis at the border and is seeking the emergency funding to temporarily shelter and process the immigrants. The number of young migrants apprehended at the border had dropped over recent weeks, from 1,985 during the week of June 22 to 977 the week of July 6.