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Biden Health Nominee Becerra Faces Questions on Experience (2)

Feb. 23, 2021, 3:51 PMUpdated: Feb. 23, 2021, 5:35 PM

The Republican head of the Senate health committee said he’s concerned about HHS secretary nominee Xavier Becerra’s qualifications during a committee hearing Tuesday, indicating a possible partisan vote to confirm him.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) stopped short of saying he’d oppose President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. “I do come with an open mind and now the job is up to you,” he said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said separately Tuesday he’s all but certain to oppose Becerra’s nomination, calling him an unqualified pick and one with a highly partisan track ...