Sens. Clinton, Murray blocking FDA nominee

Sens. Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOvernight Cybersecurity: Cyber questions for the debate | Dem wants Yahoo hack probe RNC head: Trump’s Gennifer Flowers threat ‘funny’ Overnight Finance: Four days until government shutdown | Conservative group bucks spending bill | DOJ, Treasury crackdown on North Korea MORE (D-N.Y.) and Patty MurrayPatty MurrayDems call for better birth control access for female troops US wins aerospace subsidies trade case over the EU Senate Dems unveil new public option push for ObamaCare MORE (D-Wash.) are vowing to block President Bush's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because the agency has not announced its policy on a controversial emergency contraceptive.

Clinton and Murray intend to place holds on Lester Crawford's nomination until FDA either approves or rejects that over-the-counter status for the emergency contraceptive Plan B. Murray, Clinton and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) met with Crawford yesterday.

"He didn't provide the types of answers she wanted to hear," said a Murray spokesman.

Clinton said, "FDA has had the Plan B application for years and the American people simply need an answer yes or no.  Science should never take a back seat to politics and ideology."

Jeffrey Young