Senate approves Biden’s last unconfirmed Cabinet member

Lander, who will serve as Biden’s top scientist, is the first person to hold the role since the president made it a Cabinet-level position.

Before Friday, Lander was the only unconfirmed member of the Cabinet, though Biden has not yet named a head to the Office of Management and Budget. (OMB).

ファイル - In this Jan. 16, 2021 ファイル写真, Eric Lander speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

ファイル – In this Jan. 16, 2021 ファイル写真, Eric Lander speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (AP)

The OSTP is tasked with advising on thescientific, engineering, and technological aspectsof other policy issues, and recommending research and development budget to the OMB.

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A top geneticist and director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Lander faced criticisms over two meetings he had with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The meetings were cause for delay in his confirmation, Politico reported.

Lander said in his confirmation hearing he did not know of Epstein’ssordid historyupon meeting the wealthy financier, and once he learned about ithad nothing to do with him thereafter.He said his only interactions with Epstein were attwo brief eventswithin a span of three weeks in 2012.

Lander also took heat for allegations that he downplayed the contributions of two female Nobel Prize-winning scientists to the CRISPR gene-editing technology in a 2016 paper.

I made a mistake,” Lander previously told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

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