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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Foster Nomination Fails

WASHINGTON () -- The nomination of Dr. Henry Foster to be U.S. Surgeon General has been declared all but dead after his Senate supporters fell three votes shy of forcing a confirmation vote.

A second and final attempt to break a threatened Republican filibuster on Foster's nomination is scheduled for Thursday. But prospects of a reversal appear dim. Foster, 61, was chosen by President Bill Clinton to be the government's principal advocate on public health issues. But many lawmakers oppose his nomination because he performed abortions as part of his medical practice and because his initial estimate of the number of abortions he performed was inaccurate.