Trump’s FDA nominee clears key Senate committee

Greg Nash

President Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared a key Senate hurdle Thursday, putting him on track for a full Senate confirmation vote.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced Scott Gottlieb’s nomination for FDA commissioner to the Senate floor on a 14-9 vote.

Committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) lauded Gottlieb for his experience and dismissed concerns from some Democrats over any potential conflicts of interest from Gottlieb’s ties to health companies.

{mosads}Two Democrats joined the Republicans in voting for his nomination — Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Michael Bennet (Colo.).

Gottlieb is a former FDA director of medical policy development and deputy commissioner, and the bipartisan HELP Committee vote is a sign he could be easily confirmed by the Senate. No date has been set for the full floor vote.

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