Senate panel to mull Tom Price’s Cabinet nomination on Jan. 18

WASHINGTON — We’re getting word that the first of two confirmation hearings for Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price will come just two days before Donald Trump is set to be sworn in as president.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee plans to hold a hearing on Price’s nomination for health and human services secretary on Jan. 18, according to the office of the panel’s chairman, Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander.

An aide cautioned that the date is tentative and could change.

The Senate Finance Committee will also be holding its own confirmation hearing for Price. That’s also expected in the weeks ahead.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed his desire for the Senate to confirm many of Trump’s Cabinet nominees on Jan. 20, the date of Trump’s inauguration, as has been custom in recent years. But the Kentucky Republican has not divulged his specific plans for Price.

Democrats are not happy about the Roswell Republican’s selection as Trump’s health chief, but they likely don’t have the votes to kill the nomination. They can, however, draw out the Senate’s consideration process for a day or two.

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31 comments
Carol Barker Lawson
Carol Barker Lawson

He already has a plan to replace Obamacare, has been an opponent of OC from the beginning

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Well boo hoo. If dems could win elections perhaps their opinion would matter. They simply don't appeal to average hard working Americans.

David W. Ford
David W. Ford

If The Democrats don't like him he must be great.

John Lewis
John Lewis

Tom Price will take a axe to medicare and medicaid and he will try to privatize social security.... Tom Price is about to touch the third rail of politics and he will go up in smoke....

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

He is a DOCTOR for goodness sake.......I think he KNOWS health care and what will work......geez people.

Adam Levenstein
Adam Levenstein

Mechanics can fix your car, but I wouldn't expect one to be able to design traffic systems.

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

Does not compare. Price is loaded with common sense and has worked on this for years. Plan is already developed and will be moving forward. It will be a good thing.....I do not like being forced to buy a product and no real competition. Again, an 80 year old women does not need to be covered and pay for pregnancy exams....

Adam Levenstein
Adam Levenstein

Ah, yes, "common sense." That always winds up being accurate and rational.

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

The problem was Obama did not include the medical profession in on the "fix". And we got a disaster. Obama care had two good points in my view....existing conditions and extended the age to 26 for coverage.....the 26 thing could easily be dealt with in 95% of the cases.....basic policy with catastrophic coverage.

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

I can assure you Madam, that healthcare providers do know insurance. As a licensed healthcare provider, I know insurance. Would you feel better if Trump nominated Ben Carson.

Lorraine Jordan
Lorraine Jordan

REPUBLICANS are EVIL. Anyone who can support donald trump knowing that the #TwoCornithiansBirtherBigot and 2 Kinds of Crazy needs mental help as well.

Donna Sweeney
Donna Sweeney

Trump is a disgrace. He is a con and a snake-oil salesman!

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

That's President Trump......seriously, calm down, and let the good deeds begin......we are already seeing jobs created......good jobs, and investment like crazy.....

Leroy Cleveland
Leroy Cleveland

LORRAINE JORDON , you sound like a dang democrat voter ...

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

Lorraine Jordan well.....the race is over.......sooooo

Lorraine Jordan
Lorraine Jordan

Donna Sweeney you can tell the ones who's drank the Jim Jones Kool-Aid. trump want even let them on his golf course.

Joe Fincher
Joe Fincher

Lorraine described perfectly her and the deranged party she supports.

Sylvia Johnson Yarbrough
Sylvia Johnson Yarbrough

President Donald Trump. 2017. \U0001f64f\U0001f64f\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Andy McClure
Andy McClure

Democrats don't like Republicans. This is news?

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Object, obstruct, object, obstruct, object, obstruct. Walk out in protest.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Anthony Byerly ha, right your a moron.

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

I guess they remember what goes around comes around