Approval of FDA commissioner held up by emergency contraception issueBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7506.1466-d (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1466
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- New York
Three US senators last week tried to push the administration into making emergency contraception available over the counter by blocking the appointment of a government nominee to a senior administrative post.
Immediately after a divided Senate committee approved the nomination of the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Lester Crawford, to become the permanent commissioner, the three senators said they would block necessary approval by the full Senate.
The senators said they would put a “hold” on his nomination—a Senate tradition that prevents a nomination moving forward. It is used to draw attention to an issue, to force negotiation, or to end an issue. It can be overridden by a vote of 60 of the …