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House defeats effort to slash salary of HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra

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House lawmakers rejected a push to slash the salary of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra as they considered spending legislation Wednesday prior to breaking for Thanksgiving.

The amendment, offered by Rep. Rich McCormick (R-Ga.), failed 162-262 with one member voting present.

Several other efforts to slash the salaries of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet officials have passed, notably including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, even as none of the bills will become law in anything resembling their present form.