U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Xavier Becerra's nomination was voted out of Committee.

“This isn’t complicated: In the middle of a deadly global pandemic, Americans want their Department of Health and Human Services to be focused on health and human services — not culture wars. If bullying nuns and trampling First Amendment rights could magically cure COVID, Becerra would be qualified. He’s not right for the job and the Senate needs to reject this hyper-partisan nomination.”