Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blocked the Senate from passing the the Clay Hunt SAV Act.
Sarah Ferris 12/15/14 06:19 PM EST
Dr. Vivek Murthy was approved 51-43 as the nation’s top doctor.
The Senate passed a bill allowing for the sale of electronic duck stamps.
Surgeon general pick Vivek Murthy isn't the only nominee generating controversy.
Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) disagreed about the pick.
He warned senators not to leave town for the holidays.
The senator dropped the nomination in exchange for expedited votes on several others.
Procedural votes on Saturday set up cloture and confirmation votes for 23 nominees.
The Senate passed a bill to impose sanctions on Russian officials involved in the invasion of Ukraine.
Sens. Saxby Chambliss, Dianne Feinstein, Tom Coburn and James Inhofe were missing.