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Health, Energy Secretaries Win Senate Confirmation

From United Press International

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly confirmed Louis W. Sullivan as health and human services secretary and James D. Watkins as energy secretary. In back-to-back ballots, senators voted 98 to 1 for Sullivan, a physician who was the only black nominated for a Cabinet post, and 99 to 0 for Watkins, a retired admiral who led former President Ronald Reagan’s AIDS commission.

Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N. C.) cast the vote against Sullivan. He charged that the head of Atlanta’s Morehouse College medical school had ducked questions about issues such as fetal research and AIDS confidentiality.


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