Controversial Biden nominee confirmed as HHS secretary over objections by Senate Republicans

President Joe Biden continues to flesh out his administration with Senate confirmation hearings for various top-level Cabinet nominees.

In the latest development, former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was confirmed this week by a narrow 50–49 vote as the Biden administration’s new secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Washington Free Beacon reported.

“Becerra isn’t right for the job”

With the largely party-line vote, Becerra received support from just one Republican senator in the evenly divided chamber, with many in the GOP citing a concerning track record thus far in his public service career.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) was among the majority of Republicans who voted against his nomination, saying: “Becerra isn’t right for the job because in the middle of a global pandemic the Department of Health and Human services needs to be focused on health and human services.”

Furthermore, Sasse referred to a lawsuit in which Becerra argued that a Catholic order should be subjected to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, calling the nominee “a culture warrior who made his name in bloody-knuckles politics by bullying nuns.”

The Nebraska Republican was just one of several members of his party who spoke out against Becerra’s confirmation. For Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the nominee was “one of the worst” put forward thus far by Biden.

“Our nation’s top health official should have some qualifications other than being a woke culture warrior who targets nuns and religious hospitals with the power of the state,” he declared.

“Issues where I strongly disagree”

Reiterating his opposition, Rubio added that Beccera’s nomination was not one meant “to make the country healthier and safer” but was instead an effort “to weaponize a massive bureaucracy to carry out the radical left’s woke agenda.”

Even Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), the lone Republican to cast a vote in favor of his confirmation, expressed reservations about his nomination, adding: “Although there are issues where I strongly disagree with Mr. Becerra, I believe he merits confirmation as HHS secretary.”

At least one Senate Democrat also voiced concerns before ultimately voting to confirm the Cabinet member.

“While Attorney General Xavier Becerra and I have very different records on issues like abortion and the Second Amendment, he has affirmed to me his dedication to working with members on both sides of the aisle to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the numerous needs of our nation in a bipartisan way,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reportedly concluded.

Becerra has also gained sharp criticism for his decision to prosecute David Daleiden, a pro-life advocate behind the release of undercover footage purporting to expose the illegal sale by Planned Parenthood of body parts from aborted fetuses.

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  1. Why Does Susan Collins identify as a Republican when she votes at least 90% of the time with the Dems. The vote for Becerra was really beyond thinking. I think it is time for her to retire. Maybe she has a problem that no one knows about.

    1. Completely agree, I have written her on a number occasions and let her know that we are not voting for her again. Maine Resident

    2. I think she has a problem all right! She doesn’t know which party she belongs to yet votes with democrats most of the time when their ideas are sinful, hateful, and against God at every turn. She, and they, will never get away with mocking God.

  2. It is shameful that a man with no qualifications for the job and a history of civil rights abuses as well as charges of bullying nuns and doing everything he can to destroy the life of a good man for exposing the horrors of Planned Parenthood would be overwhelmingly approved by the Dims. I am particularly angered, once again, by my own senator, Jon Tester, for approving such a vial individual. What the Dims are doing to this country should be declared for what it is, treasonous.

    1. I couldn’t agree more. It’s too bad we all can’t vote for candidates no matter where they live. Some must go!!!

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  4. If Collins had any reservations about him, why the hell did she vote to confirm? What is wrong with her? Another pos rino we need to get rid of!!

  5. I Agree!! She must st be a target in her re- election.. When it comes up… She votes Democrat almost 98% of the time… SHE’S GOTTA GO!!!!!!

  6. Past time for that b…. from maine to be gone. She is nothing but a liability to conservatism and the republican party. A bench sitter of the worst kind.

  7. Wow, it like she has a bad case of oral disease when she talk.
    I agree with everyone here that she needed to be gone.

  8. As far as Collins goes, I blame McConnell’s persuasive ways that are night and day.
    Cry Wolf Manchin continues to complain from the top of a fence which has Liberals on both sides while he disguises otherwise as Mitch falls for it every time.

  9. Don’t waste the time commenting non career politicians. They work till they die and in some cases that can’t happen soon enough. They all play golf together and they don’t give a RATS u know what about u. IT’SALL ABOUT THE POWER AND $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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