“We have not had a confirmed administrator since 2006,” Sen. Tim KaineTim KaineThe Trail 2016: Miss Universe crashes campaign Giuliani whacks Kaine for missing 9/11 veto vote Senate passes funding bill to avoid shutdown 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 CruzOvernight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security Could Snapchat be the digital bridge to younger voters? Senate passes funding bill to avoid shutdown MORE (Texas), Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonCalifornia to allow experimental drug treatments for the terminally ill Warren to rally Wisconsin college students for Feingold Ryan optimistic about GOP majorities in House and Senate MORE (Wis.), Mike LeeMike LeeSenators express 'grave concerns' about ObamaCare 'bailout' Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears Shutdown risk grows over Flint MORE (Utah), Mike CrapoMike CrapoLawmakers play catch-up as smartphone banking surges Senate panel approves pension rescue for coal miners Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit MORE (Idaho), James Risch (Idaho), Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell78 lawmakers vote to sustain Obama veto Senate passes funding bill to avoid shutdown Conservative groups deliver last-minute warning to GOP on spending bill MORE and Rand PaulRand PaulLawmaker seeks to investigate Obama's foreign tax compliance law Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears GOP senators hit FBI on early probe of NY bombing suspect 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 BoxerDems gain upper hand on budget Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears 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 Healthcare: Zika funding nears finish line | House expected to approve spending bill tonight | New pledge to push medical cures bill Overnight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security Leahy wants Judiciary hearing on Yahoo 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.