You would think if one person would look out for war veterans, it would be Tammy Duckworth. An injured Iraq war helicopter pilot, Duckworth a major in the Illinois National Guard, lost both her legs and partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in 2004.
She was recently director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, where she had worked since 2006. She ran for Congress in 2006, but lost.
Duckworth has been nominated for assistant secretary at the Veterans Affairs Department. She was all set to have a smooth transition into the position after the vote by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday except for one thing, North Carolina (Rep.) Sen. Richard Burr.
The top Republican on the committee, wants Duckworth and the White House to answer some of his questions. Burr's spokesman, David Ward, would not say on Friday what the questions concerned.
"He's doing his due diligence ... to ensure that veterans have the best representation possible," Ward said.
I could not think of a better person to do that than Tammy Duckworth.
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Burr is ready to let Duckworth’s nomination go forward. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported last night:
MADDOW: Today, the senator’s office relented. Still not clear on what the “due diligence” was on a decorated helicopter pilot, double amputee, experienced veterans advocate, supported by all the veterans service organizations, and nationally known for her work. But it is done. At last.
Burr’s press secretary, David Ward, said that the senator was satisfied with Duckworth’s responses to a number of last-minute questions. Ward added that the senator is “looking forward to moving forward with [Duckworth’s] nomination.”