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New US Health and Human Services Secretary Sworn Into Office

President Bush has another new cabinet member - the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mike Leavitt, was sworn in Friday.

Mr. Bush says Mr. Leavitt is serving during a critical time for America's health and well being.

Mr. Leavitt underscored the responsibility the department faces in helping Americans live longer and healthier lives, while also continuing to protect U.S. economic competitiveness.

Mr. Leavitt, who served as Environmental Protection Agency Chief and former Republican governor of Utah, replaced outgoing Secretary Tommy Thompson, who resigned in December.

President Bush also used the event to again make clear he would veto any legislation that would take away prescription drug coverage for senior citizens. Prescription drug coverage is a new benefit under the federal government's medical program for the elderly, Medicare.