“Democrats didn't schedule so much as a committee hearing” for Berwick, he said. “The mere possibility of allowing the American people the opportunity to hear what he intends to do with their healthcare was evidently reason enough for this administration to sneak him through without public scrutiny.”
Since President Barack Obama used a recess appointment to sidestep Senate confirmation, Republicans have threatened to use a series of legislative maneuvers to stall or out-and-out block future nominees.
The fallout could play havoc with another Obama nominee. The president nominated Jack Lew to be the next budget director in Washington. Though well-liked by members from both sides of the aisle, Republican members could make Lew's confirmation anything but certain.
Meanwhile, the most senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee and a host of GOP members in the House urged Democratic leaders to hold hearings on Berwick.
“Nominees to lead major government agencies should be subject to at least the level of accountability and transparency that a nomination hearing offers,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a written statement.