WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor to voice her concerns regarding President Biden’s nomination of Xavier Becerra to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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MRS. BLACKBURN: Madam President, it appears that President Biden
arrived at the White House prepared and willing to grant himself and
his administration a mandate that American voters didn't agree to give
His party lost ground in the House, split the Senate, and maintained
their trailing minority of governorships, but they seem to ignore that.
In his first 50 days, he signed 34 Executive orders--more than anyone
in history. He dismantled existing immigration controls, threatened
protections for small businesses against the radical climate agenda,
and destroyed thousands of jobs and the potential for greater energy
security promised by the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
Meanwhile, my Democratic colleagues got busy laying the groundwork to
transform not only the Senate into a majoritarian institution but also
to radically transform the country. They used budget reconciliation to
ram through a $1.9 trillion bailout bill without a single Republican
vote--the largest spending bill in our Nation's history--and now they
are reversing their own positions on the filibuster to avoid debate on
radical immigration reform, the Equality Act, and an already infamous
bill that would federalize elections. They just don't want to talk
about these things--just do it.
The more people learn about what the Biden White House is up to the
more questions they have for those of us who represent them.
Some of my Democratic friends in Tennessee say to me: I may have
voted for Joe Biden, but I did not vote for this.
They do not want to radically change the country. They do not want to
be tied to legislation that has a nice-sounding name but that does the
exact opposite of what the Biden administration would have you believe
that it would accomplish.
They have noticed that the President's Cabinet picks have come to
their confirmation hearings ready and willing to move the goalposts
away from the Constitution and the rule of law in order to accommodate
their radical agenda.
Last week, this body voted to discharge from committee Xavier
Becerra's nomination to the Health and Human Services Secretary
position. I voted no, and I will vote no on his confirmation as well,
not only because he is unqualified and has no experience in
healthcare--Middle Tennessee has more than 100,000 individuals who are
employed in the healthcare industry, and all, all are more qualified in
healthcare than Xavier Becerra--and not only because his radical views
shock just about everyone who speaks to me about him. Oh, yes, it was a
topic of conversation at church on Sunday but also because, time and
again, he has abused his power and weaponized the full force of the
government against people whose deeply held, personal, political, and
religious views don't align with his own: submit, conform, or else.
It is in the nature of our job as legislators to recognize that, yes,
elections do have consequences and that, yes, the President has a right
to assemble his own Cabinet, but we cannot be expected to green-light a
nominee who has so little patience for diversity--diversity of thought,
diversity of opinions--that his first and only instinct is to destroy
the diversity: Barrel in. Burn it to the ground. Build it back in their
own image. That is not what the American people want President Biden
and his administration to do, but that is what they are getting with
I strongly oppose Xavier Becerra's nomination, as I have from the
start, and I would urge my colleagues to consider what you will be
approving if you vote in favor of this confirmation: radically anti-
life, radically anti-religion, radically anti-border security,
radically anti-free speech, radically unqualified to lead.
I yield the floor.