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Mississippi's congressional delegation says it's still opposing the appointment of an executive to oversee veterans' hospitals and clinics in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi's congressional delegation says it's still opposing the appointment of an executive to oversee veterans' hospitals and clinics in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.

The four congressmen and two senators said Friday that they met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald Tuesday. They oppose plans to name Skye McDougal to direct the South Central Veterans Health Care Network. That Jackson-based organization oversees 10 veterans' hospitals and associated clinics.

In a Dec. 15 letter, the delegation objected to McDougall's appointment based on her 2015 testimony to a U.S. House committee. They say McDougall testified that wait times at VA facilities she oversaw in Southern California averaged four days, when they were at least 10 times longer.

U.S. Sen. John McCain objected last year to McDougal leading an Arizona-based network.

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