Sens. Clinton, Murray blocking FDA nominee

Sens. Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonEconomists argue for taxing trades Sanders signs autographs as Clinton makes surprise showing on stage Coincidence? Obama spoke for 44 minutes, Clinton for 42 MORE (D-N.Y.) and Patty MurrayPatty MurrayOur children, our future – bridging the partisan divide Overnight Energy: Officials close in on new global emissions deal NBA pulls All-Star Game from NC over bathroom law MORE (D-Wash.) are vowing to block President Bush's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because the agency has not announced its policy on a controversial emergency contraceptive.

Clinton and Murray intend to place holds on Lester Crawford's nomination until FDA either approves or rejects that over-the-counter status for the emergency contraceptive Plan B. Murray, Clinton and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) met with Crawford yesterday.

"He didn't provide the types of answers she wanted to hear," said a Murray spokesman.

Clinton said, "FDA has had the Plan B application for years and the American people simply need an answer yes or no.  Science should never take a back seat to politics and ideology."

Jeffrey Young