A Republican senator on Sunday suggested he may oppose the nomination of Sylvia Burwell for federal health secretary despite supporting her nomination for White House budget director.
The comments from Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) signal what is likely to be a more divided confirmation vote for Burwell when Congress returns from recess.While Democrats have the necessary votes to confirm Burwell, Scott suggested that Republicans may treat the vote as a chance to voice their opposition to the healthcare law.
Burwell, a former Gates foundation official, was confirmed last year as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by a rare vote of 96-0.But support for Burwell as head of OMB "doesn't necessarily make her a good choice for HHS," Scott told "Fox News Sunday."
"When you look at the upcoming confirmation hearing, will the next secretary [put] Americans first? Or will they have … carrying water for the president as their primary responsibility?" he asked.