Senate Confirms Xavier Becerra As Health & Human Services Secretary

In a razor-thin vote of 50-49, the Senate has confirmed Xavier Becerra as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) broke party lines and voted to confirm Becerra. Becerra met with more than 40 Senators before his confirmation vote. Besides Collins, Becerra also swayed centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) after a meeting. Manchin previously killed the nomination of Neera Tanden as director of the office of budget and management after announcing he would not vote for her. Becerra’s support of abortion rights, “Medicare for All” and California’…

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