'Tax Issues' Delay Daschle Nomination

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2009 8:01 PM CST
Tom Daschle, right, smiles as he prepares to testify on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – The White House acknowledged today that "some tax issues" had emerged in connection with Barack Obama's nomination of Tom Daschle as health secretary. But a spokesman says the president is confident the former Senate Democratic leader will be confirmed. White House officials confirmed a broadcast report that Daschle failed to pay taxes on a car-and-driver service provided to him for 3 years after he left government.

He later paid the taxes and interest for the error, which has delayed his confirmation to head the Health and Human Services Department and overhaul the nation's health industry. ABC News first reported on the tax issue today, saying he owed more than $100,000. It explains why Daschle, a popular party elder, didn't win quick approval from the Democratic-controlled Senate.