While we're all watching the HELP Committee's hearing this morning, the Finance Committee will be making some big moves of its own. It's expected to advance a slate of nominees that includes Robert Charrow, President Trump's choice for general counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services.
The general counsel is one of those officials who generally stays out of the spotlight but wields enormous power behind the scenes. Charrow, if he's ultimately confirmed, would have a hand in every HHS regulation, and in guiding the department's biggest policy choices — no small tasks for a department that seems to be looking for ways to chip away at a system it oversees.
Flashback: "I am a firm believer in applying the law as written and passed by Congress. And if an action is inconsistent with the law, I will not approve it," Charrow told the committee during his confirmation hearing last month.