Panel Advances Health Secretary Pick 01/18 06:05
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate committee has signed off on President Donald
Trump's pick for health secretary, clearing the way for final confirmation of
The Finance Committee voted 15-12 on Wednesday to send Azar's nomination to
the full Senate.
Although the panel's vote was largely along party lines, Azar's confirmation
hearings weren't nearly as contentious as the deliberations over his
predecessor, Tom Price.
One Democrat, Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware joined majority Republicans to
advance Azar's nomination.
Azar, 50, is an Ivy League lawyer and a former drug company and government
As the new secretary of Health and Human Services, Azar would head a $1
trillion department with 80,000 employees.
He's promised to make the high cost of prescription drugs his top priority.
No floor vote has been scheduled.