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Biden’s Pick to Lead Health Agency Facing Narrow Confirmation

March 11, 2021, 5:48 PM

President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services is nearing confirmation after the Senate advanced the nomination of Xavier Becerra with just one Republican vote.

The 51-48 vote will move his nomination to the Senate floor, signaling that Becerra could get the least amount of Republican support of any of Biden’s cabinet pick. The Senate will need to vote twice more to confirm him for the position.

“This is a critical position as we continue to battle the virus and I’m perplexed that none of my Republican colleagues would vote for him,” Senate Majority Leader ...

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