The Sebelius Debate

The Sebelius debate continues..

The Senate scheduled a confirmation vote for Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ (D) nomination to be HHS secretary for April 28 after Republicans threatened to delay the nomination….Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) earlier Thursday had sought unanimous consent to schedule a floor vote, but Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected to the move. McConnell spokesperson Don Stewart said GOP senators want more time to consider Sebelius’ nomination.

CQ Today reports that Reid and the Republicans reached an agreement that eight hours of debate will begin at 10:00 a.m. on April 28 and that 60 votes — rather than a simple majority — will be needed for confirmation. Reid said he was “confident” Republicans will allow the Senate to “move forward on that quickly”.

But there’s always room for one more opinion…

From The Hill:  Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary-designate Kathleen Sebelius may have to wait a little longer, but votes from crucial centrist senators appear to ensure that she will be confirmed…..Kansas Gov. Sebelius’s support for abortion rights and her ties to a controversial abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, emerged as the major points of contention regarding her nomination. As the vote inches closer, however, she appears to have enough support from anti-abortion-rights Democrats and pro-abortion-rights Republicans to secure her place as the final member of President Obama’s Cabinet.

With the GOP likely to force a cloture vote and anti-abortion-rights senators from both parties under pressure from activists, the Democratic leadership will be counting on some in the conference to cast what could be problematic votes to get around a filibuster….Anti-abortion-rights Democrats will be scrutinized for how they vote on Sebelius, said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. Dannenfelser singled out Reid and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) as potential targets based in part on how they vote on the nomination.

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) believes “it would be impossible to get an anti-abortion HHS secretary nominee in this administration, so holding things up wouldn’t change the ultimate outcome.”

We are all aware of that.Welcome to the Obama Party.

The suspicion is that when she is finally nominated it would be one of the final pegs to start the freight train called the Freedom of Choice Act.

We ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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