Manchin Places Hold On Obama’s FDA Nominee
The West Virginia senator, who is concerned about Robert Califf's ties to the pharmaceutical industry, is the latest in a string of senators to block the nominee. However, the administration says it has "full confidence" he will get approved.
The Associated Press:
Sen. Manchin Joins Growing Opposition To FDA Nominee
Add West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to the growing list of lawmakers vowing to block President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration. In a statement Wednesday, Manchin cited Dr. Robert Califf's ties to the pharmaceutical industry and argued that it would make it difficult for him to deal with the prescription opioid crisis. Califf was a cardiologist and medical researcher at Duke University for more than 30 years. (1/27)
The Wall Street Journal:
White House Remains Confident In FDA Nominee
The Obama administration has “full confidence” in its nominee to run the Food and Drug Administration despite a Democratic senator’s plan to filibuster the nomination, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday. Mr. Earnest said the White House is confident Robert Califf has the ability “to make the kinds of decisions that are in the best interests of the health and safety of the American people.” (Burton, 1/27)