Alex Azar, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, could be nearing the finish line toward confirmation, according to a Politico report.
A former executive in the pharmaceutical industry, Azar on Tuesday appeared before a Senate panel, according to the report.
Confirmation would ultimately place U.S. health care policy in Azar’s hands.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican, touted Azar’s record.
“Mr. Azar will be the administration’s primary policy driver,” he said. “I believe his record shows that he is more than capable of leading HHS through these next few consequential years.”
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, however, wasn’t biting Azar’s comments during the hearing.
“The common thread to all the Republican talk is this: deep, draconian cuts to programs like Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, anti-hunger program, support for struggling families,” Wyden said.