Senate Narrowly Confirms Califf for FDA Commissioner

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Robert Califf was narrowly confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday to lead the Food and Drug Administration following a pitched effort by the White House to shore up support.

The Senate voted 50 to 46 in favor of the confirmation, which some Democrats had opposed because of Dr. Califf’s industry ties and some Republicans refused to support amid pressure from abortion-pill opponents.

Six Republicans voted for confirmation, while four Democrats and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, voted against. Sen. Mike Rounds (R., S.D.) voted present.

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