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Monday, 21 March 2011 17:30

Democrats Tell Obama They're Ready to Bail on Berwick

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Forty-two Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama asking him to withdraw his nomination of Donald Berwick (pictured, left) to continue as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

In light of the letter sent by GOP lawmakers, Democrats see there is no possible way that Berwicks nomination could garner the 60 votes needed for confirmation by the Senate. Should Berwicks appointment not receive the necessary Senate approval, he would have until the end of the year to vacate his office.

As reported by this author in July 2010 in The New American, Berwick received a recess appointment to his current position and in January of this year he was renominated by President Obama.

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