A Senate panel has voted to approve President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead Veterans Affairs.

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee agreed on voice vote Tuesday to back Robert Wilkie, currently a Pentagon undersecretary. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont voted “no.”

Wilkie has pledged to “shake up complacency” to improve long waits at VA. Under questioning by Democrats, Wilkie insists he will not privatize the government’s second-largest agency. During the 2016 campaign, Trump promised to steer more VA patients to the private sector.

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