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Capitol Health Call
October 10, 2007

Nomination Withdrawn

JAMA. 2007;298(14):1631. doi:10.1001/jama.298.14.1631-b

President George W. Bush announced on September 4 the withdrawal of the nomination of Charles W. Grim, DDS, MHSA, for a second 4-year term as director of the Indian Health Services.

Grim's confirmation was expected, but in published reports, he said he decided against another term to spend more time with his family. The withdrawal comes after eyebrows were raised during Grim's July 26 confirmation hearing before the Senate's Indian Affairs Committee. During testimony, Grim revealed that the White House's Office of Management and Budget had reviewed his planned remarks and excised comments referring to laws that some believe require the federal government to provide health care for American Indians.