GOP senators question Becerra qualifications to lead HHS, past vote against partial-birth abortion ban

GOP senators question Becerra qualifications to lead HHS, past vote against partial-birth abortion ban
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Republican senators on Tuesday questioned Biden Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra on his qualifications to lead the department, as well as his past vote against a partial abortion ban.

Becerra, who currently sits as California’s attorney general and previously served as a congressman representing California’s 30th District, took questions Tuesday during the first of two confirmation hearings.

Republican North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, was first to raise concerns about the attorney general’s qualifications to lead HHS, saying his “actions as attorney general for California during your tenure in Congress reveal a disregard for the value of this ingenuity.”

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., speaks during a confirmation hearing for Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra. (Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.,…



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