Archive for Monday, March 2, 2009

As Sebelius heads for D.C., she leaves an incomplete budget behind

March 2, 2009


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What do you think of Kathleen Sebelius being picked as secretary of Health and Human Services?

Well, I think the state of Kansas is going to miss her terribly, but I think she has a great opportunity.

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Obama presents Sebelius for HHS

It was "goodbye Kansas" and "hello Washington" for Kathleen Sebelius on Monday. Enlarge video

— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination for a Cabinet job in Washington comes even as work on the next Kansas budget remains unfinished.

And Kansas legislators disagree about how her departure for a job as U.S. secretary of health and human services will affect their work.

They’re not even sure of the timing of her departure. President Barack Obama announced Sebelius as his choice for secretary of health and human services Monday. She still must be confirmed by the Senate.

Her departure will elevate Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson to governor.

Many legislators consider him more approachable than Sebelius. One of them is House Appropriations Chairman Kevin Yoder, an Overland Park Republican.

But Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, an Independence Republican, said Sebelius’ decision to leave creates a disruption.


Richard Heckler 9 years, 1 month ago

The narrow visioned republican house and senate is the total disruption and the entire USA knows of this backward thinking group = slow economic growth.

The Kansas delegation across the board has done little for Kansas. They go to D.C. and mooch off the taxpayers.

Gov Kathleen Sebelius in Washington D.C. may the giant positive move that Kansas has not seen in decades. She is a different breed of Kansas politician whom Kansas can be proud.

Bob_Keeshan 9 years, 1 month ago

Derek Schmidt is a caricature, and a bad one at that.

Here's his full quote

”The governor’s decision to leave adds disruption to an already difficult legislative session. The state budget remains substantially out of balance, and she will leave behind no consensus on how to balance it."

Really, Derek? Makes the session more difficult? Are you sure about that? Really, really sure? Are you sure it wouldn't be helpful, make the session less difficult?

“It might actually be helpful,” said Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence. He said he thought about writing a letter to Obama on behalf of Sebelius in getting the HHS job.

BorderRat 9 years, 1 month ago

The headline on read "Obama Taps Kansas Gov." I knew there was some hankey-pankey going on in Washington.

bonnerdonner 9 years, 1 month ago

The only hankey-pankey is the Gov herself.

Oh what is Dr Tiller the Baby killer going to do.

ENGWOOD 9 years, 1 month ago

Merrill- She is a different breed alright, just not sure what. we can't find her in any of the breeder journals!!!!

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