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Senate committee schedules Tuesday vote on Sebelius’ confirmation

April 17, 2009


— A Senate committee has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s nominee for health and human services secretary, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

The Senate Finance Committee will vote on sending Sebelius’ nomination to the full Senate. She’s expected to win confirmation despite concerns raised by anti-abortion activists in recent days over campaign money she got from a Kansas abortion doctor.

Lawmakers want Sebelius in place quickly as they get to work on legislation overhauling the nation’s costly health care system.

Sebelius is Obama’s second choice for health secretary after former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle withdrew in a tax controversy.


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