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Senate Unanimously Approves Leavitt

Senate Unanimously Approves Leavitt

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It's official. Former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt will serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the Bush administration.

Today, the Senate unanimously approved Leavitt's nomination to head the department.

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee also unanimously approved his nomination, clearing the way for today's full Senate vote.

Leavitt will head up the department with a budget of nearly 5-hundred and 50(B)billion dollars.

The Department of Health and Human Services oversees health coverage for 40(M)million seniors and 50(M)million needy Americans.

Leavitt has spent the past 15 months as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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