Two HHS Nominees Have Fairly Easy Time at Senate Hearing

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Two of President Biden's nominees for positions within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) appeared Tuesday to be headed for easy approvals from the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee.

"Given the critical work that both ASPR [the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response] and SAMHSA [the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration] have ahead, we must make sure each agency has a strong experienced leader," said HELP Committee chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in her opening statement. "Which is why I am looking forward to hearing from today's nominees, both of whom are well qualified for their roles as a member of HHS leadership during the Obama administration." Murray was referring to Dawn O'Connell, Biden's nominee for ASPR, and Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, the president's nominee for Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use.

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