Analysis

As AG Takes Wheel At HHS, Biden Faces Rocky Legal Road

By Jeff Overley (March 19, 2021, 11:01 PM EDT) -- President Joe Biden's willingness to nominate California's attorney general as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary despite unsurprising attacks on his credentials suggests that he sees serious value in having a lawyer in charge of HHS as it pursues potentially controversial health legislation and influences anti-fraud and antitrust enforcement.

As expected, Republican senators made Attorney General Xavier Becerra's arguably modest health care resume a centerpiece of their unsuccessful campaign against his nomination. During debate prior to Thursday's 50-49 confirmation vote, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming dubbed Becerra "unqualified and unfit," while Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas derided him as...

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