January 26, 2022

Bernie Sanders opposes Biden’s FDA nominee

Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his opposition to President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday over connections with pharmaceutical companies.

“We need leadership at the FDA that is finally willing to stand up to the greed and power of the pharmaceutical industry. In this critical moment, Dr. Califf is not the leader Americans need at the agency and I will oppose his nomination,” Sanders tweeted.

“At a time when one out of four Americans cannot afford their prescription drugs, maybe, just maybe, it’s time we take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry,” he added in another post.

Nominee Robert Califf previously served as head of the FDA during the Obama administration.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has also opposed Califf’s nomination. “Dr. Califf’s nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward,” Manchin said in a statement.

With Sanders and Manchin’s opposition, if Republicans unite against the pick, another Biden nominee will be rejected from consideration.

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