Senate Minority Leader McConnell to oppose Burwell HHS confirmation

 

McClatchy Washington Bureau

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he’s voting no Thursday on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the Department of Health and Human Services. While crediting Burwell with being a ‘smart and skilled public servant,’ McConnell feels she doesnt have the skill set to address the main problem facing former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ replacement: operating the Affordable Care Act.

McConnell, a staunch opponent of the health care law, feels no one has the skill set to run it.

‘So, in my view, the Senate shouldn’t be focusing on a new captain for the Titanic,’ he said on the Senate floor. ‘It should focusing on steering away from the iceberg.’

McConnell added: ‘I’ll be voting against this nominee, because I think we need to focus on repealing and replacing this law, not trying to do the impossible by pretending we can make it work.’

The office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pounced on McConnell’s floor speech, calling it another example of the Kentucky Republican living up to his self-proclaimed monicker of ‘proud guardian of gridlock’ and noting that the Senate previously confirmed Burwell to director of the Office of Management and Budget on a 96-0 vote.

Read more Politics Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • 5 things to watch in final 2 months of election

    The final two months of campaigning in Michigan will determine if Republicans continue their four-year control of state government and who will succeed U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, a retiring Democrat who has held his seat for nearly 36 years.

  •  
FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo, Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer speaks during a news conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. Political TV ads are set to escalate in the final two months of the race between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Schauer, as the campaigns and their deep-pocketed outside allies sharply focus their message to voters.

    Airwaves heat up in race for Michigan governor

    Political TV ads are set to escalate in the final two months of the race between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer, as the campaigns and their deep-pocketed outside allies sharply focus their message to voters.

  •  
This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. The Obama administration has offered a wide range of assessments of the threat to U.S. national security posed by Islamic State extremists in an area straddling eastern Syrian and northern and western Iraq, and whose actions include last week’s beheading of American journalist James Foley. Some officials say the group is more dangerous than al-Qaida. Yet intelligence assessments say it currently couldn’t pull off a complex, 9-11-style attack on the U.S. or Europe.

    Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

    The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category