2021 Scorecard Vote
The Senate considered President Biden’s nomination of Xavier Becerra to serve as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a 12-term congressman, Becerra was an environmental champion, earning a lifetime LCV score of 91%. In his role as California state attorney general, he continually fought for equity and justice – for example, Becerra established an environmental justice branch for the California Department of Justice, championed protections for women, LGBTQ+ people, and people of color in healthcare, and sued the Trump administration over 60 times for their discriminatory and dangerous policies, including efforts to declare a national emergency as an excuse to build the environmentally damaging and xenophobic wall on the southern border. Our health and our environment are intrinsically linked, and Becerra’s outstanding leadership and experience helps to ensure the administration delivers on their goals to eliminate systemic racial injustice, including the disproportionate pollution burden borne by communities of color, and create a cleaner, healthier future for everyone. On March 18, the Senate confirmed Becerra as the HHS secretary by a vote of 50-49, becoming the first Latino to serve in the position (Senate roll call vote 125). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.