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Senate Finance Committee Split 14-14 On Xavier Beccerra’a HHS Nomination

The Washington Times-


The Senate Finance Committee split evenly Wednesday on Xavier Becerra’s nomination as Health and Human Services secretary, leaving the final decision to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and teeing up another pitched battle over a Biden cabinet pick.

The 14-14 vote along party lines came with the California attorney general facing rising opposition over his lack of health-care experience; legal fights against religious institutions, and staunch pro-choice stance.

“Being Health and Human Services secretary should not be a learn-on-the-job position,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana Republican. “I’m afraid Mr. Becerra will be very dependent on advisors.”

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