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HHS secretary nominee

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Environmental Protection Agency head and former Utah Governor Michael Leavitt nominated by President Bush to succeed Tommy Thompson as HHS secretary Dec. 13. Thompson announced his resignation Dec. 3. Leavitt's nomination must be cleared by the Senate; he previously gained Senate approval for the EPA post. He will face hearings from the HELP and Finance committees, neither of which has scheduled hearings. Leavitt could be a dietary supplement industry-friendly pick, as Utah is home to a significant number of dietary supplement manufacturers, including Pharmanex, USANA Health Sciences and Nature's Way...
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