Washington (CNN) — The Senate confirmed Vivek Murthy as surgeon general on Monday night as Democrats — in the final days of their majority control of the chamber — overcame stiff opposition from the National Rifle Association.
The 51 to 43 vote ends more than a year of uncertainty over Murthy’s nomination. Obama had tapped the founder of the pro-Obamacare group Doctors for America for the post in November 2013.
But a confirmation vote had been held up after the gun lobby pointed to a letter Murthy had signed calling for new gun control measures in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings, and promised to score a vote in Murthy’s favor against senators in its ratings of how strongly lawmakers support gun rights. (Source: Read more)