HHS Nominee Advanced by the Senate Finance Committee

Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Human and Health Services (HHS), has been advanced by the Senate Finance Committee.

With a 15-12 vote, decided primarily by party affiliation, Azar was approved by the Committee last Wednesday afternoon. As former president of the U.S. arm of Eli Lilly & Co., Azar’s nomination has generally been well-received by lawmakers, and he is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate. Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said, “By any objective account, Mr. Azar is very well qualified for his important position.” If confirmed for the position, Azar has promised to tackle increasing drug prices, citing his ten years with Eli Lilly & Co. as evidence for his leadership on this front.

Though a final vote for the full Senate has not yet been scheduled, his confirmation is expected by the end of the month.