The US Senate confirmed Becerra to function the Biden administration’s secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
WASHINGTON — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will now function the top of the US Department of Health and Human Services. HHS is the division that oversees the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration — all businesses that straight cope with the regulation of deemed tobacco merchandise and substance abuse.
Serving as the primary Latino HHS secretary, Becerra will implement the long-awaited Biden administration’s public well being coverage overlaying infectious ailments and preventive well being.
This, after all, consists of the regulation of digital cigarettes and deemed tobacco merchandise aside from cigarettes. Oral tobacco merchandise, non-combustible merchandise, and others can even be included on this coverage framework that Becerra intends to implement.
The vote was 50 to 49, confirming Becerra. Such a affirmation vote margin is so slim and proves that he is likely one of the most controversial Biden administration nominees to enter the workplace. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joined with Senate Democrats to vote in favor of the nomination. Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono opted to not vote.
“They’ve complained loudly that he has no direct expertise as a medical skilled, regardless that Republicans voted in lock-step to put in Alex Azar, a pharmaceutical govt who raised drug costs and tried to undermine our nation’s well being regulation, because the earlier HHS Secretary.”
During his tenure because the Attorney General of California, Becerra led state attorneys common in a number of class actions towards main e-cigarette corporations like Juul Labs. In late 2019, for example, Becerra filed a lawsuit towards Juul Labs that accuses the corporate of misleading advertising and marketing practices and allegedly concentrating on the state’s youth with nicotine.