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Biden’s FDA Nominee Moves to Full Senate on Committee Vote (1)

Jan. 13, 2022, 4:24 PMUpdated: Jan. 13, 2022, 5:01 PM

Robert Califf is one step closer to becoming the new head of the Food and Drug Administration after a Senate panel Thursday voted to advance his nomination.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee voted 13-8 to support Califf, who previously led the agency in the final year of the Obama administration. The vote followed a December hearing that saw Califf get bipartisan support from committee members, despite some opposition over his drug industry ties.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) were the only members on the Democratic side to vote against Califf. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), ...