Senate confirms Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary
Becerra will play a lead role in shaping Medicare, the U.S. response to an aging population, and the fight against COVID-19.
Becerra was known in California for efforts to create a government-run, single-payer health care system. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg)
Members of the Senate voted 50-49 Thursday to confirm
Xavier Becerra as the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Becerra will oversee a department that regulates activities that account for more than $4 trillion in annual U.S. spending and about 18% of the U.S. gross domestic product.
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