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US Senate Confirms Becerra As Top Federal Health Official

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California Attorney Xavier Becerra will join President Joe Biden’s Cabinet after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday to be secretary of Health and Human Services.

Becerra won confirmation by a party-line 50-49 vote.

Becerra, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 26 years and has been a member of the Democratic leadership, will oversee an expansion of the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” and will hold the helm of the broad department. as the United States fights the COVID-19 pandemic.

Republicans opposed his nomination citing his lack of experience in health matters and his support for expanding the government’s role in providing health care and liberal immigration policies.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Tim Ahmann)

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