U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Xavier Becerra to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Becerra isn’t right for the job because in the middle of a global pandemic the Department of Health and Human Services needs to be focused on health and human services. Becerra is a culture warrior who made his name in bloody-knuckled politics by bullying nuns. This confirmation fight is over, but I’m going to keep working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure that Congress defends First Amendment freedoms when bureaucrats and regulators put partisan agendas ahead of constitutional protections.”