Dec 15, 2014 5:25 PM

Senate set to vote on surgeon general nominee

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate is set to vote Monday on President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general amid opposition from Republicans and at least one Democrat.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Monday he does not believe American's top doctor should participate in political activism.

Murthy's nomination already faced opposition from Republicans and the National Rifle Association over his support for gun control and past statements calling gun violence a public health concern.

Murthy is a 37-year-old physician at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School. He co-founded Doctors for America, a group that has pushed for affordable health care and supports Obama's health care law.

Murthy's nomination has been endorsed by more than 100 health organizations.


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