WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will have tough questions for Dr. Ronny Jackson as the Veterans Affairs Committee considers his nomination to replace Dr. David Shulkin as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Shulkin had broad support from the veteran’s community and Brown said he served honorably. Brown is troubled by reports that Shulkin was fired because he opposed efforts to privatize the VA. Brown will fight any effort to privatize the VA, and says Jackson must commit to oppose privatization to earn Senate approval.

“Privatization means putting profits ahead of those who served our country, and I will fight any effort to use America’s veterans to line the pockets of wealthy corporations,” Brown said. “We have a responsibility to work every day to strengthen and improve the VA for our veterans, and any nominee to head the VA must oppose efforts to abandon that responsibility by privatizing the VA.”

Brown is the longest-serving U.S. Senator from Ohio on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.