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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Senate is expected to vote today on former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt's nomination to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee unanimous approved his nomination, clearing the way for a full Senate vote today.

Leavitt spent part of yesterday visiting and thanking his staff at the Environmental Protection Agency for their dedication and hard work. He spent the past 15 months as the administrator.

If Leavitt is approved by the Senate, as expected, he would become head of a 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.

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

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