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Kirk, Durbin encouraged by Obama's VA pick

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Associated Press) - Illinois' two U.S. senators both say they're encouraged by President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk each met separately with Bob McDonald on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

McDonald was raised in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights and is a former CEO of Procter and Gamble.

Kirk is a former naval reservist. He told The Associated Press in a phone interview he asked McDonald to tour VA hospitals in Illinois.

Durbin says he and McDonald discussed keeping promises to veterans of Illinois.

McDonald's nomination by Obama follows allegations that 40 patients died awaiting care at a Phoenix hospital where employees kept a secret waiting list to cover up delays. The nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

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