“We have not had a confirmed administrator since 2006,” Sen. Tim KaineTim KaineReid throws wrench into Clinton vice presidential picks Republicans sue to stop felons from voting in Virginia Reid: 'Hell no' to VP pick from state with a Republican governor MORE (D-Va.) said ahead of the vote. “It will be a good thing for the mission and the country to confirm an administrator.”
Republican Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzSanders steps up his attacks in homestretch 5 takeaways from the rush for campaign cash Carson: 'I would not want to be on the ticket or in the Cabinet’ MORE (Texas), Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonJuan Williams: Electoral map looks grim for Trump The Trail 2016: Sanders who? Liberal super-PAC hits Johnson for supporting Trump MORE (Wis.), Mike LeeMike LeeSenate set for showdown over women in the draft Overnight Finance: Path clears for Puerto Rico bill | GOP senator casts doubt on IRS impeachment | Senate approves .1B for Zika Overnight Tech: Trade groups press NC on bathroom law MORE (Utah), Mike CrapoMike CrapoOvernight Finance: Path clears for Puerto Rico bill | GOP senator casts doubt on IRS impeachment | Senate approves .1B for Zika Senate passes broad spending bill with .1B in Zika funds Housing groups argue Freddie Mac's loss should spur finance reform MORE (Idaho), James Risch (Idaho), Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell McConnell sets up vote to begin debate on defense policy bill Overnight Healthcare: Congressional report finds NFL 'acted improperly' in concussion study This week: Defense, energy bills top agenda MORE and Rand PaulRand Paul 5 takeaways from the rush for campaign cash Paul calls for end of gun-free zones The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Ky.) voted against Tavenner's nominations.
CMS administers the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is also charged with implementing most of Obama's healthcare law. Tavenner has been leading CMS on an acting basis.
Kaine said Tavenner, who is from Virginia, was the right pick because she would bring a patient-focused “nurse’s attitude” to CMS and she is an “expert” on finding healthcare cost savings.
Before the vote on Tavenner, the Senate also voted to approve the nomination of William Orrick to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California. He was confirmed on a 56-41 vote.
Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerSanders: Democratic convention could be 'messy' California Gov. endorses Kamala Harris's Senate run Dems call for unity as Sanders fuels intraparty fighting MORE (D-Calif.) said she was glad Orrick got a vote because the Northern District of California has a judicial emergency with a caseload 24 percent higher than the national average.
“We all know justice delayed is justice denied,” Boxer said. “That’s why I’m excited we’re finally getting a vote on this nominee.”
Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOvernight Tech: Facebook finds no bias but vows to change trending feature Grassley worried about FCC box proposal VA secretary comes under fire for comparing wait times to Disneyland MORE (R-Iowa) said he opposed Orrick's nomination because he didn't like a judicial decision he made that maintained the “weak status quo” of immigration and border enforcement. He added that Orrick didn't answer all of his questions during his confirmation hearing with the Judiciary Committee, where Grassley serves as the ranking member.