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Democratic senator blocks vote on Tavenner nomination
Modern Healthcare

A Democratic senator has indefinitely blocked a Senate vote on Marilyn Tavenner’s nomination to head the CMS.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, placed a hold on Tavenner’s nomination to keep the Senate from voting on it, his spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. She declined to specify why Harkin blocked a vote on Tavenner but alluded to his concerns raised at an earlier hearing.