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Sharply divided Senate approves Tom Price as Health secretary

Sharply divided Senate approves Tom Price as Health secretary

Rep. Tom Price won Senate confirmation early Friday to be Health and Human Services secretary, overcoming bitter opposition from Democrats who have criticized the Georgia congressman’s calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act and scale back Medicare, Medicaid and other government safety net programs.

The 52-47 vote broke along party lines with every Republican in the chamber voting to confirm Price and every Democrat and independent voting against him, except Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who opposes Price but missed the vote to be home with her husband while he underwent surgery.

Price is now expected to assume a leading role in helping guide the Republican effort...

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