Here's why Xavier Becerra's confirmation critics gained no traction by attacking his Catholicism

Here's why Xavier Becerra's confirmation critics gained no traction by attacking his Catholicism

As a nun who led one of the largest national Catholic health care organizations in the country, I know that no other federal agency works as much to protect and advance the health and well-being of families as the Department of Health and Human Services. That's why I was relieved and thrilled when President Joe Biden announced his intention in December to nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a leader whose character is rooted in his Catholic upbringing and values, to be secretary of health and human services. I know he is the right person to lead the agency in this moment, as he showed at his confirmation hearing Tuesday. Last month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., claimed on the Senate floor that Becerra's health care experience was limited to suing those "who dare to live out their religious convictions" — a reference to the involvement of Becerra's office, along with officials from other states, in lawsuits defending the women's health-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Skeptics like McConnell, driven mostly by this issue, seem to think Becerra …
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