(FILES) In this file photo William Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing in Russell Senate Office Building on February 24, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. – The Senate on March 18, 2021, confirmed William Burns to be President Joe Biden’s CIA director, approving his nomination with no objections after Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz lifted his hold. The Senate cleared Burns’ nomination by voice vote on the floor. (Photo by Tom WILLIAMS / POOL / AFP)
The Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, to be US secretary of health, the first Latino to head the department now leading the nation’s Covid-19 fight.
The upper chamber also cleared William Burns to be the director of the CIA, putting one of the nation’s most experienced diplomats in charge of the agency.
Burns, 64, had broad bipartisan support. He was confirmed by a simple voice…
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