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Kathleen Sebelius Confirmed to Lead Health and Human Services

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is the final member of President Obama’s Cabinet to be confirmed in a close Senate roll call vote yesterday. The vote was largely along party lines, with Senators Kit Bond (R-MO), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Richard Lugar (R-NH), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Arlen Specter (R-PA) breaking away from the Republican party in support of Sebelius’ confirmation. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced yesterday that he is switching to the Democratic party, according to the New York Times.

Last week, Sebelius’ nomination was approved by the Senate Finance Committee in a split 15 to 8 vote. Only two of the ten Republicans on the committee, Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Pat Roberts (R-KS), voted in favor of her nomination.

Sources:

Politico 4/21/09; Associated Press 4/23/09; US Senate 4/28/09; New York Times 4/29/09

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