More Than 70 Congressmembers Urge Biden to Withdraw His HHS Secretary Nomination

Amanda Casanova

Republican Senator James Lankford and other members of Congress are asking President Joe Biden to withdraw the nomination for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Lankford, Sen. Tom Cotton, Rep. Dan Bishop and 73 other members of Congress signed the letter asking Biden to pull the nomination, CBN News reports.

"We write to express our grave concerns regarding the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Becerra's lack of healthcare experience, enthusiasm for replacing private health insurance with government-run Medicare-for-all, and embrace of radical policies on immigration, abortion, and religious liberty, render him unfit for any position of public trust, and especially for HHS Secretary."

The letter said Becerra, who does not have a background in medicine, does not have enough experience to fill the role.

"Our nation cannot afford to lose valuable time in this battle by installing an HHS Secretary who is not up to the challenges we face. But that is exactly what you propose to do by nominating Mr. Becerra, a man with no meaningful experience in healthcare, public health, large-scale logistics, or any other areas critical to meeting our present challenges," the letter said.

Critics also say Becerra has a “very extreme (view) on abortion issues,” Yahoo News reports.

“He opposed the 2003 partial-birth abortion ban and cosponsored legislation that would force religious employers like Hobby Lobby to cover the morning-after pill, even in the face of sincerely held religious objections," the letter said.

However, Becerra told senators this week that he believes “we can find some common ground on these issues.”

If his nomination is confirmed, Becerra will be the first person of Latino descent to head the department.

He is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and returned to California to replace then-Attorney General Kamala Harris when she was elected to the Senate.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.