The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs postponed purchases of cardiac monitors, radiological equipment and pain-medication pumps for patients last year. It didn’t replace old surgical tools, oxygen-delivery systems or deteriorating operating-room stretchers.
President Barack Obama said he is nominating Penny Pritzker, the Chicago businesswoman, philanthropist and Hyatt Hotels Corp. heiress who led record fundraising for his 2008 campaign, as secretary of commerce.
President Barack Obama will nominate Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx, a Democrat, to lead the Transportation Department, according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
President Barack Obama is close to choosing Mike Froman, currently the deputy national security adviser for international economics, as U.S. Trade Representative, according to two people familiar with the matter.