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  • Nomination of Robert Califf


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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-23

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, at a time when the prescription drug opioid epidemic is tearing families and communities apart in our country, it is clear we need strong leadership at the FDA. This is an agency...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-22

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, drug overdose deaths, driven largely by prescription painkillers, continue to outpace the number of fatalities from traffic accidents in Kentucky. While I recognize the need...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-22

    LEAHY. Mr. President, today the Senate will consider the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to head the Food and Drug Administration. For too long, the FDA has been without a Senate- confirmed commissioner,...



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    Senator Edward J. Markey

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-22

    MARKEY. Madam President, today we are about to begin consideration of the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to lead the Food and Drug Administration. This is a historic time at that agency. It has a record...



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    Senator Richard Blumenthal

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-22

    BLUMENTHAL. Madam President, I am so honored to follow my great friend and very eloquent advocate from Massachusetts, Senator Markey, who said much more powerfully than I can our reasons for opposing...



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    Senator Joe Manchin, III

    From: WV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-22

    MANCHIN. First of all, Mr. President, I want to say to my colleagues, Senator Markey of Massachusetts and Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut, this doesn't have a partisan home. This is not a Democratic...



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    Senator Lamar Alexander

    From: TN

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-22

    ALEXANDER. Mr. President, reserving the right to object. The Senator from Washington has 5 minutes to go. I have 10 minutes to go. The vote is at 5:30. So I guess---- Mr. MANCHIN. I should be done...



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    Senator Patty Murray

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-22

    MURRAY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that following the Senator's remarks, I be allowed 6 minutes and the Senator from Tennessee be allowed 10 minutes. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection? ...



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    Senator Edward J. Markey

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-11

    MARKEY. Mr. President, I am here to speak in opposition to the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be the head of the Food and Drug Administration. I understand that Leader McConnell has asked that...