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Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius

Vote on Sebelius nomination set for this week

By Matthew DoBias
Posted: April 17, 2009 - 3:00 pm ET

The Senate Finance Committee will vote on the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for HHS secretary on Tuesday, April 21, after a roundtable discussion with industry policy-shapers on how to change the way healthcare is delivered in the U.S.

Sebelius, who is expected to be approved, has in recent weeks had to shake off questions over amended tax returns and heat from anti-abortion activists that, while not scuttling her nomination, have nevertheless delayed it.

An effort earlier this month by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to fast-track the governor’s nomination was blocked by Republicans who sought further clarifications regarding where she stood on various aspects of health reform.

Sebelius is President Barack Obama’s second choice to lead a massive overhaul of the country’s healthcare system. In February, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination over tax problems.

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