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Vitter’s Anti-Woman Record Grows, Votes Against Burwell as HHS Secretary

Vitter Also Voted Against Clinton, McCarthy and Yellen

BATON ROUGE — In just the latest example of his hostility to women leaders, Sen. David Vitter today voted against the confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to become Secretary of Health and Human Services, despite bipartisan support for Burwell’s appointment.

“David Vitter’s record on supporting women nominees to top Cabinet posts is dismal,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “He voted against Sylvia Mathews Burwell, even though she lined up support from noted conservatives like Tom Coburn. It’s just another instance in a pattern of disturbing behavior from our junior U.S. senator.”

Burwell has served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and she is a veteran of the Clinton White House. The final vote on Burwell’s confirmation was 78-17.

Vitter was one of two senators to vote against the confirmation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In addition, Vitter voted against confirming Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the Fed.

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