Republican lawmakers in the Senate have blocked a move to confirm Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as HHS secretary.
In a brief exchange on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pushed for a vote on the governors nomination today, but was rebuked by his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
McConnell said that members of his party needed more time to consider her nomination. It is not clear when a vote will take place. It is unlikely that the Senate will meet tomorrow.
The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 15-8 to move forward on Sebelius nomination to the nations top healthcare post. But Republican opposition could unsettle a tidy confirmation process.
GOP lawmakers said that they were troubled by some of Sebelius answers to questions put to her in writing. Additionally, Republican senators earlier this week said that her ties to a doctor who performed late-term abortions also were a factor. I usually vote for the presidents nominees and wanted to vote for her, but I thought she wasnt forthcoming, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), said in an interview on Tuesday. You know, when she doesnt disclosedeliberatively doesnt disclose that she received contributions from the leading partial-birth abortion doctor in that areathat bothered me a great deal.