Senate Finance Committee Votes on CMS and HHS Nominees 

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on President Biden’s nominees for CMS Administrator, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, and HHS Deputy Secretary, Andrea Palm. On Thursday, the Committee voted on both nominees. The nomination of Andrea Palm advanced by a vote of 20-8.  Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s nomination resulted in a party-line vote of 14-14, which will require Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to schedule a floor vote to ultimately release her nomination from the Committee. If that vote is successful, Brooks-LaSure will be considered by the full Senate, as will Andrea Palm.