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  • U.S. Senate Panel Suspends Rules, Backs Price, Mnuchin for Cabinet Reuters by Susan Cornwell—Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee suspended committee rules and confirmed U.S. Representative Tom Price to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and banker Steven Mnuchin to be Treasury secretary Wednesday on a straight party line vote, sending the nominations to the Senate floor. Under pressure from their political base to block President Donald Trump's nominees, Democrats stayed away from the meeting for a second day running. This normally would have stopped action, but Republicans plowed ahead by voting to suspend the rule that required at least one Democrat to be present for business to be conducted.

  • HHS Nominee Tom Price Bought Stock, Then Authored Bill Benefiting Company USA Today by O'Donnell—President Trump's nominee to be the nation's top health official introduced legislation last May that benefited a health company he had recently invested in. The $15,000 purchase of shares in McKesson is but the latest financial action raising questions about possible conflicts of interest during the confirmation battle over Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.  

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