that Mark McClellan's nomination, which would move him from his current position as FDA Administrator
to head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
, may be held up by Sen. John McCain
unless McClellan starts answering McCain's questions about the FDA's intransigence on the issue of prescription drug imports from Canada. McCain, whose relationship with the Bush administration is strained at best, says he wouldn't necessarily put a hold on the nomination. Part of the problem may be Senatorial pique: McClellan was a no-show on two occasions when invited to the Hill to defend the FDA's anti-importation stance.
But Robert Pear is reporting in Wednesday's N.Y. Times
that Sens. Byron Dorgan (D.-N.D.)
and Debbie Stabenow (D.-Mich.)
are considering holds of their own until they get some satisfaction from McClellan on the FDA's position.