WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the nomination of Bob McDonald to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs:

"Bob McDonald is a good man, a veteran, and a strong leader with decades of experience in the private sector.  With those traits, he's the kind of person who is capable of implementing the kind of dramatic systemic change that is badly needed and long overdue at the VA.  But the next VA secretary can only succeed in implementing that type of change if his boss, the president, first commits to doing whatever it takes to give our veterans the world class health care system they deserve by articulating a vision for sweeping reform.  Our nation's veterans deserve nothing less."