Earlier this year, President Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, faced opposition from Democrats, but as time runs out before Republicans take control of the Senate, several key Democrats, including Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) are now saying they would be willing to vote for Murthy if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) brings the nomination to the floor.
Murthy has little to no support from Republicans because of his support for stricter gun control laws.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who spoke alongside Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) at an event on Tuesday hosting numerous medical groups, said the nominee has the necessary expertise to be surgeon general.
“I think there is growing momentum that we need a surgeon general and he is extraordinarily qualified,” Blumenthal said. “He epitomizes the professional excellence that a surgeon general should have in this job, and I think that the United States Senate ought to put aside the politics of unrelated issues, like guns, and vote to confirm him.”
Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine also support Murthy. Warner said, “Dr. Murthy brings an entrepreneurial focus, and he is committed to using technology to expand our outreach on health and wellness in innovative ways. I believe he will make an excellent Surgeon General.”