Trump's FDA nominee approved by Senate panel

Trump's FDA nominee approved by Senate panel
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared a key Senate panel Tuesday with bipartisan support. 

If confirmed by the full Senate, cancer doctor and researcher Stephen Hahn would join the FDA at a challenging time: The agency is facing pressure from all sides on how to curb youth vaping rates, with some pushing for a ban on flavored e-cigarette products. 

Hahn, the chief medical officer of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, hasn't weighed in on specific proposals but has called teen e-cigarette use concerning. 


The Senate health committee approved Hahn's nomination 18-5, with top Democrat Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Trump becomes first sitting president to attend March for Life | Officials confirm second US case of coronavirus | Trump officials threaten California funding over abortion law Top health officials brief senators on coronavirus as infections spread Administration to give Senate briefing on coronavirus MORE (Wash.) voting 'no.' 

"I'm just not convinced Dr. Hahn is the right pick for the job," Murray said Tuesday. 

"I was particularly concerned that when pressed several times by members on both sides of the aisle, Dr. Hahn refused to commit to implementing a strong policy to clear nontobacco-flavored e-cigarettes that have not undergone FDA review from the market," Murray said. 

President Trump appears to have backed away from his September promise to clear the market of those products.

When asked about that proposal during his November confirmation hearing, Hahn wouldn't comment on specifics, saying he would use "science and data" to tackle youth vaping rates. 

Still, Hahn gained the support of all Republicans and some Democrats, including Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThis week: Senate barrels toward showdown on impeachment witnesses Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Senate Dems to Pompeo: Comments about NPR reporter 'insulting and contemptuous' MORE (D-Va.) and Doug Jones (D-La.)