Vivek Murthy, President Obama's pick for surgeon general, may get a Senate vote before the end of this year's lame duck session but it's not clear if he can win confirmation, Politico reports. Murthy, who has drawn opposition for remarks drawing a link between gun violence and health, is likely to get a vote before Democrats hand control of the chamber to Republicans in January. Under rules revised by Democrats last year, Murthy would need just a simple majority of votes to clear a filibuster.
Republicans and moderate Democrats question his position on guns and the National Rifle Association opposes him. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois was the only Republican to vote for Murthy in a committee vote this year. NRA official Chris Cox called Murthy a “prescription for disaster for America's gun owners.”