U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., is not letting his unfounded claims concerning the potential illegitimacy of Joe Biden’s election as president cease him from criticizing one among Biden’s expected cabinet nominees.
Fresh off a nationwide look Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” tv program, the place Braun once more declined to acknowledge Biden as president-elect, the first-term senator introduced Monday he has “critical issues” concerning the secretary of Health and Human Services Biden intends to appoint — “if elected.”
Braun claims Xavier Becerra, the Democratic legal professional normal of California who presently is heading a authorized protection of the Affordable Care Act in a case pending on the U.S. Supreme Court, could also be unfit to guide the federal well being company for the reason that 24-year former congressman beforehand acquired marketing campaign donations from well being care corporations and is rated favorably by Planned Parenthood.
“As a Main Street entrepreneur who lowered the price of well being look after his personal staff, I’ve critical issues about Xavier Becerra’s capacity to guide Health and Human Services as a result of he has accepted over $1,000,000 in donations from the large healthcare business and has a 100% score from Planned Parenthood,” Braun mentioned.
“While Democrats boycotted the listening to for President Trump’s HHS nominee, I’ll meet with Xavier Becerra to ask how his political donations from insurance coverage corporations and his assist for abortions and Medicare for All makes his certified to function the secretary of Health and Human Services.”
Braun was not but serving within the Senate in 2017 when the Republican-controlled chamber voted alongside occasion traces to substantiate Tom Price as Trump’s first HHS secretary, regardless of marketing campaign finance data displaying Price acquired almost $4 million in marketing campaign donations from well being care entities throughout his 14 years in Congress.
Price resigned after seven months on the job after spending no less than $341,000 in taxpayer funds on personal flights.
Braun additionally did not have an opportunity to vote on present HHS Secretary Alex Azar, who was president of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., a significant pharmaceutical firm that donated almost $1.6 million to federal candidates within the election cycle previous to Azar’s appointment.
Nevertheless, Braun has been effusive in his reward for Azar in reference to the coronavirus pandemic, significantly for “serving to President Trump steer our nation via these unprecedented instances.”
Campaign finance data present Braun has collected almost $200,000 in donations from well being professionals for his 2018 Senate run and his political motion committee.