Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rep. Price Begins Confirmation Hearings

Drew Thies

Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) begins his trek today towards a Senate confirmation vote to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. President-Elect Trump’s nominee for the top health cabinet post will be questioned by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee this morning. The Senate Finance Committee hearing is scheduled for January 24.

Price, an orthopedic surgeon, chaired the House Budget Committee and was a member of the Ways and Means subcommittee on Health last session. He is the chief architect on one of the plans overhauling the 2010 health care law and replacing it with a more conservative alternative.

Democrats have identified Price as one of eight nominees they will seriously challenge during the confirmation process and have expressed concerns over the Congressman’s position on the 2010 health care law as well as stock trading he did while a Member of Congress. Democratic members of the HELP sought a delay in the hearing process until there could be more investigation into Price’s finances but were denied.

Despite opposition, HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he expects Price to be confirmed by mid-February. 

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