Archive for Friday, March 13, 2009

No date set for Sebelius confirmation hearings, but governor thinks it will be ‘fairly quickly’

There is uncertainty about when confirmation hearings will begin for Kathleen Sebelius' new position in Washington.

March 13, 2009


— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday said no date had been set for confirmation hearings on her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sebelius said she spent Wednesday and Thursday meeting with members of the two Senate committees that will conduct hearings on her selection by President Barack Obama.

“There is every indication that the chairmen want to move this fairly quickly,” Sebelius said, but added, “The timetable is yet to be determined.”

Because HHS covers so many governmental functions, it falls under the purview of the health and finance committees.

The finance committee is chaired by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is led by U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

It is the finance committee that will actually vote on whether to recommend Sebelius’ confirmation to the full Senate.

Sebelius said she is staying focused on issues before the Kansas Legislature, but also is getting familiar with the mammoth HHS agency.

“It’s a little bit like drinking out of a fire hose,” she said, but added that as a former legislator, insurance commissioner and now governor, she knows many of the issues before HHS.

Kansas Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said Sebelius has remained engaged in the budget process in the Legislature, while also handling the confirmation process.

“I do think she is trying to do the best she can,” he said.


KEITHMILES05 9 years ago

Get it done quickly so this 'ole hag can leave us alone.

design 9 years ago

Governor Sebelius will do a great job at HHS or any other position she chooses.

63BC 9 years ago

The article makes clear the state budget is nowhere close to being done.

And since the Governor always tells the truth and told us that she wasn't going to be in the cabinet because she "loves" her job and needed to focus on the state budget, that means she's not leaving.


Centerville 9 years ago

Has anyone else noticed that since that New York Post article about how she's well-known at Dillards for wearing outfits once then returning them, that all she wears is that weird pink and black thing?

KEITHMILES05 9 years ago

For some reason she comes across as a woman lover.

Centerville 9 years ago

She's doing such a great job that I really hope the New York Post article, the Medicaid payoffs, the parties for Tiller, the $10 million per year office cost, etc etc, don't stand in the way of getting her confirmed and outta here. Pronto.

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