The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved the CIA director and health secretary nominated by President Biden.
Reuters reported that members of the two parties in the Senate agreed on Thursday that without a roll call, senior diplomat William Burns should be in charge of the CIA.
The CIA’s morale was low during Trump’s tenure. Burns, 64, promised at the nomination hearing that he will revive the morale of CIA personnel and stated that collecting intelligence on China will be his priority.
On the same day, Biden’s candidate for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, was approved by the Senate with a narrow margin of 50 to 49. Only one Republican senator voted in favor.
The 63-year-old Becerra is the son of Mexican immigrants, and the US Department of Health will be headed by a Latino for the first time.