"I will support her," Burr told a a group of editors and reporters at The News and Observer on Wednesday.
Burr, the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, last week held up the nomination of Duckworth because he had questions about a confidential financial questionnaire she had filled out, Rob Christensen reports.
The move angered some veterans groups because Duckworth is a National Guard major who lost both of her legs when the helicopter she was piloting was attacked in Iraq.
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President Obama nominated her to become an assistant secretary of veterans affairs. She ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006 and is now head of veterans affairs for the state of Illinois. Duckworth had been a critic of the Bush administration’s handling of veterans care.
Burr said he asked for a delay in the Senate confirmation vote because of "discrepancies" and "inconsistencies" he found in what he said were three different versions her financial disclosure statement that she had submitted to the Senate committee.
He declined to discuss the details, other than saying "the math didn’t add up." She subsequently provided additional information.
"At the end of the day," Burr said, "I don't think there is a financial question about Tammy Duckworth. I think she is extremely sloppy, but that is not a disqualification."
Burr said the financial disclosure questionnaires of Obama administration nominees are getting close scrutiny because of the number of tax problems that have emerged.
He said the fact that she had been appointed to the Illinois job by disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich had given him pause, but he decided not to pursue that particular angle.