Los Angeles Times – The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday backed President Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, clearing the way for Alex Azar to be confirmed by the full Senate.
A former drug executive, Azar is expected to succeed Tom Price, Trump’s first Health secretary who was forced to resign last year amid reports that he routinely used expensive charter jets at taxpayer expense.
Azar is less controversial than Price, though his confirmation was shadowed by reports he traded extensively in healthcare stocks while he was a congressman.
Azar is expected to garner several Democratic votes when his confirmation comes before the Senate.
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