Senate approves several new health officials

The Senate on Tuesday morning approved a long list of pending White House nominees, many of whom have been idling for months while upper-chamber lawmakers jousted over how and when to bring them to the floor.

Although Donald Berwick, Obama's pick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was not among the 64 to be approved, several appointees will fill other healthcare-related slots. They are: 

• David K. Mineta, to be deputy director for demand reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy;

• Sherry Glied, to be an assistant secretary for planning and evaluation of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS);

• Jim R. Esquea, to be another assistant secretary at HHS.