Collins confirmation imminent

Francis Collins may be just days away from officially being confirmed to lead the National Institutes of Health, according to Congressional staffers close to the issue. Francis CollinsImage: WikipediaA spokesperson for Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), who is ranking member of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, told __The Scientist__ that the committee OKed Collins's nomination without holding a confirmation hearing. The spokesperson, Craig Orfield, said that the committe

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Aug 4, 2009
Francis Collins may be just days away from officially being confirmed to lead the National Institutes of Health, according to Congressional staffers close to the issue.
Francis Collins
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A spokesperson for Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), who is ranking member of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, told __The Scientist__ that the committee OKed Collins's nomination without holding a confirmation hearing. The spokesperson, Craig Orfield, said that the committee performed all the typical vetting, including a criminal background check, a review of past professional history, a financial questionnaire, and a conflicts of interest probe. "Everything checked out to the committee's satisfaction," Orfield said. "If there was a problem of that nature, you can bet that we definitely would have had a confirmation hearing and those issues would have been brought up." Instead, the committee passed Collins's nomination onto the full Senate, and the body is...




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