Senate approves Xavier Becerra as Health Minister

50 senators voted for the approval of the candidate, 49 against.

The Senate on Thursday confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

50 senators voted for the approval of the candidate, 49 against.

Becerra, who has served in the House for 26 years, will oversee the expansion of the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.”

Republicans opposed Becerra’s appointment, citing his lack of experience on health care issues. They are also unhappy that he supports expanding the government’s role in health care and liberalizing immigration policy.

Earlier this month, Becerra’s confirmation came into question after a split vote in the Senate committee that was supposed to decide whether to send his nomination to the full Senate for consideration.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer managed to bypass this obstacle and set the final vote for Thursday.

“As America grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, it’s high time to endorse this candidate,” Democratic Senator Edward Markey said during the debate. He added that Becerra zealously defends the principle of “reproductive freedom,” which is a burning issue for anti-abortion senators.

On Wednesday, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called on the Senate to reject the 63-year-old Becerra’s nomination.

“The hallmark of this candidate’s resume is not his experience in health care, medicine, or administration, but his predilection for cross–party disputes and his far-left ideology,” McConnell said.

The Department of Health and Human Services has more than 80,000 employees in the United States and abroad.

The agency oversees initiatives ranging from Obamacare, disease control, and medical research to Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs for older Americans, the poor, and the disabled.

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Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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