UnidosUS President and CEO Applauds Confirmation of Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC—Following the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía issued this statement:

“The Senate confirmation of Xavier Becerra by a vote of 50 to 49 as the Secretary of Health and Human Services is long overdue but welcome news. We are proud that he is the first Hispanic to serve in the vitally important role of Health and Human Services Secretary and is the fourth Latino/a confirmed to be in the Biden cabinet.

“Xavier Becerra is not only eminently qualified to lead the HHS, he is also the right person at the right time. Not only is our country taking on a once in a century pandemic, the department is at the forefront of a host of important policies for families, including millions of Latino families, including ensuring and expanding health care, overseeing Medicaid and Medicare, addressing chronic diseases and providing aid to children and low-income families.

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“This was a needlessly tough nomination fight, but we’re glad that Secretary Becerra can finally get to work doing the right thing for everyone in America. On behalf of UnidosUS, I am pleased to offer my congratulations to the new secretary.”