The Senate Finance Committee yesterday unanimously advanced President Trump’s nomination of John Bartrum to serve as assistant secretary for financial resources in the Department of Health and Human Services. Currently a colonel in the Medical Service Corps, Bartrum previously has served as a partner at Squire Patton Boggs; senior professional staffer to the House Appropriations Committee; budget director at the National Institutes of Health; and professional staff in the Office of Management and Budget, among other positions.

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