May 15, 1995 in Nation/World

Packwood Expects Gop To Fail To Block Vote On Foster Nomination

Associated Press

Sen. Bob Packwood said Sunday he would vote to confirm Dr. Henry Foster as U.S. surgeon general and predicted that an attempt by his fellow Republicans to block a vote on the nomination would fail.

Packwood, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the Tennessee obstetrician-gynecologist’s qualifications are “excellent” and that “short of some skeleton coming forth,” he would support him.

“My hunch is, on this one, that the filibuster won’t last long,” the Oregon senator said. Sixty votes are needed to end a filibuster.

But Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, a leading opponent of Foster’s nomination, promised that he would launch a filibuster to prevent a vote. “I’m going to do everything in my power to stop this nomination.”

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