Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he’s voting no Thursday on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the Department of Health and Human Services. While crediting Burwell with being a ‘smart and skilled public servant,’ McConnell feels she doesnt have the skill set to address the main problem facing former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ replacement: operating the Affordable Care Act.
McConnell, a staunch opponent of the health care law, feels no one has the skill set to run it.
‘So, in my view, the Senate shouldn’t be focusing on a new captain for the Titanic,’ he said on the Senate floor. ‘It should focusing on steering away from the iceberg.’
McConnell added: ‘I’ll be voting against this nominee, because I think we need to focus on repealing and replacing this law, not trying to do the impossible by pretending we can make it work.’
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The office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pounced on McConnell’s floor speech, calling it another example of the Kentucky Republican living up to his self-proclaimed monicker of ‘proud guardian of gridlock’ and noting that the Senate previously confirmed Burwell to director of the Office of Management and Budget on a 96-0 vote.