The Senate voted Wednesday to affirm Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services. The vote is a set of history-making one: Levine is the first openly transgender federal official to be affirmed by the Senate.
The vote was 52-48 for her affirmation.
Levine was already Pennsylvania’s secretary of health, where she led the commonwealth’s COVID-19 response.
Prior to the vote, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., asked her colleagues to help Levine’s nomination, considering her a “trusted voice” for Pennsylvanians on issue, including opioid prescribing guidelines, health equity and LGBTQ health care.
Murray additionally noted the significance of the vote.
“I’ve always said the people in our government should reflect the people it serves, and today we will take a new historic step towards making that a reality. I’m proud to vote for Dr. Levine and incredibly proud of the progress this confirmation will represent, for our country and for transgender people all across it who are watching today,” she said.
Levine started her medical career as a pediatrician at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and she is a professor at the Penn State College of Medicine, where she instructs on points like adolescent medicine, eating disorders and transgender medicine. She is an alum of Harvard College and the Tulane University School of Medicine.
In an statement in January about the selection, President Biden said Levine “will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their ZIP code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond.”
A month ago’s affirmation hearing for Levine included confrontational addressing by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in which the administrator requested to know whether Levine accepts minors are fit for making “such a life-changing decision as changing one’s sex,” comparing sex reassignment procedures to “genital mutilation.”
Levine replied, “Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed and, if I am fortunate enough to be confirmed as the assistant secretary of health, I will look forward to working with you and your office and coming to your office and discussing the particulars of the standards of care for transgender medicine.”
In her job as Pennsylvania’s wellbeing secretary, Levine confronted “relentless comments and slurs” about her gender identity, Gov. Tom Wolf said in an explanation the previous summer.
Levine was beforehand the state’s physician general, a post for which she was consistently affirmed.
“With very few exceptions my being transgender is not an issue,” Levine revealed to The Washington Post in 2016. She said then that it’s her work for which she needs to be known.
“I’m very confident in who I am,” she said.
Mary Simon officially becomes Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General
Mary Simon, an Inuk lady from Nunavik, turned into Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General Monday during a function in Ottawa.
The Governor General is the Queen’s representative of Canada and acts as the nation’s head of state. It’s a to a great extent ceremonial position, yet the Governor General’s endorsement is the last advance before a government bill becomes a law.
Simon will likewise be answerable for dissolving Parliament before a election and for perusing the Throne Speech that outlines the government’s legislative agenda before any new parliamentary session starts.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose Simon recently to fill the opportunity made by the acquiescence recently of previous space traveler Julie Payette.
Payette left the Governor General post in the midst of charges of bullying and turning Rideau Hall into a toxic work place.
President Joe Biden assigns Los Angeles Mayor ‘Eric Garcetti’ to serve as U.S. ambassador to India
President Joe Biden has assigned Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to fill in as U.S. diplomat to India, finishing a very long time of hypothesis whether the two-term mayor hall leader would land a role inside the Biden organization.
“I am honored to accept his nomination to serve in this role,” Garcetti said in a statement. “I love Los Angeles and will always be an Angeleno.”
Whenever affirmed, Garcetti would be the first L.A. mayor hall leader in over 100 years to intentionally leave office, the Los Angeles Times revealed. Garcetti would show up in India when Covid cases keep on spiking, with 45,892 new Covid-19 cases detailed in most recent 24 hours, Reuters announced.
“I have committed my life to service — as an activist, as a teacher, as a naval officer, as a public servant, and if confirmed, next as an ambassador,” Garcetti said in his statement. “Part of that commitment means that when your nation calls, you answer that call.
“And should I be confirmed, I’ll bring this same energy, commitment, and love for this city to my new role and will forge partnerships and connections that will help Los Angeles.”
In its assertion, the White House praised Garcetti for managing “the busiest container port in the Western Hemisphere, the largest municipal utility in the country, and one of the busiest airports in the world.” The White House likewise noticed an effective bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics and Garcetti’s obligation to the Paris Climate agreement.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said Garcetti is an “excellent choice” for the post and cited to his 20 years of public assistance as a benefit to progressing relations with India.
“He has a firm grasp on a wide range of issues from immigration and the economy to environmental protection and the critical role of human rights,” Feinstein said in a statement. “As the grandson and great-grandson of immigrants, [Garcetti] is committed to economic opportunity and justice for all, two bedrock American values that he will effectively champion in India.”
Reports that the 50-year-old chairman and previous City Council president was in chats with the White House originally surfaced in the spring. Garcetti, whose father filled in as Los Angeles District Attorney from 1992 to 2000, was generally thought to be in the running as Biden’s pick for transportation secretary, yet Pete Buttigieg was eventually selected and acknowledged the Cabinet position.
Soiled by a vagrancy emergency, a moderate lodging deficiency and lewd behavior charges inside his office, Garcetti would leave behind a blended record. He has been credited with building or broadening 15 new travel lines in a city notorious for traffic and guiding L.A. through the Covid pandemic.
However, a new claim asserts that a top Garcetti staff member bothered one of the civic chairman’s guardians while Garcetti got over the conduct. The civic chairman has over and again denied the cases.
Independently, a previous appointee civic chairman was arraigned on debasement accusations in a continuous government investigation, The Associated Press revealed. Also, in June, Garcetti requested his boss from staff to venture down after a report that she offered disparaging comments on social media in 2016 and 2017 about work and social liberties dissident Dolores Huerta, NBC Los Angeles announced.
Jack Ciattarelli wins Republican nomination for New Jersey governor
Jack Ciattarelli will win the Republican nomination for New Jersey governor, CNN projected Tuesday, setting him up to take on Gov. Phil Murphy in the fall.
Ciattarelli, a former state assemblyman and the establishment-backed candidate, pushed out three other Republican candidates – engineer Hirsh Singh, pastor Phil Rizzo and previous Franklin Mayor Brian Levine – to win the party’s nomination.
While he was the leader in Tuesday’s GOP contest, Ciattarelli presently faces a fight against Murphy, the top favorite in the current year’s race. The sitting governor, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, is well-positioned to break a New Jersey streak that started in 1989 of electing a governor from the party opposite of the sitting president, a year after Joe Biden won the state by 16 percentage points.
Ciattarelli was by a wide margin the best-funded candidate in the Republican race, raising $7 million while none of his opponents had reached the $1 million mark. With supports from each of the 21 province Republican associations in the state, he additionally profited with prime placement on the ballot.
On the campaign trail, Ciattarelli zeroed in generally on how he’d take on Murphy, featuring tax policies and the Democratic governor’s handling of the Covid pandemic. Be that as it may, his campaign signaled it saw his history of criticizing former President Donald Trump as a vulnerability: Ciattarelli attended a “Stop the Steal” rally, and was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a former Democrat who exchanged gatherings and turned into a staunch Trump partner.
Ciattarelli additionally named his leading rival Singh, a “fake MAGA candidate” in an advertisement, where his campaign cast Singh as a rival of law enforcement officers and featured a 2014 Facebook post in which Singh wrote in light of the killing of Eric Garner that “police terror must stop.”
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