Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Senators Offer Their Support to F.D.A. Nominee

Senators Offer Their Support to FDA Nominee; New York Times

The Obama administration’s choice to lead the Food and Drug Administration breezed through her Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday while the administration proposed a budget that would give the agency more money.

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg’s confirmation was all but assured when Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, strongly endorsed her. “I want you to know that I support you,” Mr. Hatch said, “and I intend to help you not only to get through this process but to do your job out there.”

Mr. Hatch’s endorsement was followed by those of Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina, as well as every Democrat at the hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

One reason for the enthusiasm for Dr. Hamburg may be the unease many conservatives have expressed about Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, the agency’s acting commissioner, who will become principal deputy commissioner when Dr. Hamburg is confirmed.

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