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The two senators had prevented the Senate from voting on Dr. Crawford's nomination to become commissioner because they said they wanted the agency to make a decision - for or against - on the Plan B application. They lifted their holds when the health and human services secretary, Michael O. Leavitt, guaranteed that the agency would act on the application by Sept. 1. The senators cried foul when the agency's action amounted to further delay, with Ms. Murray calling the decision "the worst double-cross I've ever seen in my time in the Senate."

- The New York Times - September 1, 2005