Department of Veterans Affairs: Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) asked the Senate Veterans Affairs committee to delay voting on the “nomination of Tammy Duckworth, an injured Iraq war helicopter pilot, to be an assistant secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.” Contacted by ThinkProgress, Burr’s Press Secretary, David Ward said that Burr is waiting for the answers to several questions he’s put to the White House and Duckworth, but would not disclose what those questions were.
Several other nominees are being held up by Republicans, including Dawn Johnsen,whose nomination is being held up because Sen John Cornyn (R-TX) has ideological differences with her (i.e. she has strongly criticized the Bush administration national security policies, and she was the legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America for a few years).
Sen Burr, you look ridiculous holding up Tammy Duckworth’s nomination as an assistant secretary at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
What questions do you have about Ms Duckworth, sir? Too embarrassed to say?
Maybe you just have something against Ms Duckworth getting on with the job of directing the VA’s public affairs operations, as well as programs for homeless veterans.
Sen Burr, you have picked the wrong fight. Move on…