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WASHINGTON — A Senate hearing Thursday provided one of the clearest roadmaps to date for how Senate Democrats plan to use their newfound majority to advance new health care policies.

The hearing was scheduled to let lawmakers vet both Andrea Palm, Biden’s pick to serve as deputy secretary of the federal health department, and Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, his pick to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, but it accomplished little in the way of vetting. The two-and-a-half-hour meeting was cordial and barely touched on hot-button topics like abortion or coronavirus lockdowns.


Instead, it was a forum for lawmakers who serve on the influential health care committee to highlight the issues they believe most pressing for the Biden administration and the Democratic-controlled Senate to tackle.

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