Nearly a dozen Senate Republicans are pushing forward with an effort to block the confirmation of California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra as President Biden’s secretary of Health and Human Services.
In a letter to the 46th commander-in-chief dated Monday, the group of senators, led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), urged the president to pick a different nominee, arguing that Becerra has “no meaningful experience in health care, public health, large-scale logistics, or any other areas critical to meeting our present challenges.”
“At your inauguration, you spoke about uniting the country and the need to address the pandemic,” the lawmakers wrote, “As these are your stated priorities, we request that you withdraw Mr. Becerra’s nomination and offer the American people a nominee equipped to successfully combat the COVID-19 pandemic and safely reopen our country.”
“Mr. Becerra’s lack of qualifications is particularly alarming given the important role the HHS Secretary will play in efforts to develop and distribute vaccines, coordinate research