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Orrin Hatch
Md. lawmakers offer support for Colvin's confirmation
Md. lawmakers offer support for Colvin's confirmation

Maryland Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin led a symbolic and unsuccessful effort Tuesday to force a vote on President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Social Security Administration, arguing that the agency needs a permanent leader in place before the new Congress is sworn in next year. Carolyn W. Colvin was nominated in June to a six-year term as commissioner of the Woodlawn-based agency, but concerns over a troubled computer system have stalled her confirmation. Senate leaders canceled a vote on Colvin scheduled for this week even as they pressed ahead with other controversial nominations. Mikulski and Cardin sought a unanimous agreement on the floor to advance Colvin...