Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Senate Committee Votes to Confirm Pro-Life Rep. Tom Price as HHS Secretary
After Democrats boycotted the Senate Finance Committee vote Tuesday, denying the quorum needed for a vote, Republican chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah called another vote today. When Democrats refused to show up, Republicans changed the rules to allow the votes to proceed without them.
Hatch denounced the Democrats’ boycott as “just another way of roughing up the president and his choice of nominees.” He blamed Demcorats for forcing the committee to vote to suspend the rules to advance the nomination.
Price is one of President Donald Trump’s marquee pro-life nominees to head a cabinet department that will have significant overview concerning pro-life policies. Leading up to tomorrow’s vote, pro-life organizations such as the Family Research Council are urging senators to vote Yes on Price’s nomination. . . .
Price has a long pro-life voting record as a member of Congress and has voted pro life 100% of the time according to the National Right to Life Committee.
In a statement about the nomination, Trump said Price has earned a reputation for being a “tireless problem solver” and “the go-to expert on healthcare policy.”
“He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American,” Mr. Trump said. “I am proud to nominate him as secretary of Health and Human Services.”
Mr. Price, chairman of the House Budget Committee and an outspoken opponent of Obamacare from Georgia, said it’s an “honor” to be nominated for the position.. . . Read More
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