Cabinet Wars

Republicans Stall Sebelius Vote

And then there was one. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is going to have to wait a little longer to see if she can officially join President Obama’s cabinet as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Republicans refused to vote on the nominee after heated and ongoing debate. Sebelius has drawn fire for her support for abortion rights and failure to report all campaign contributions from physicians who perform abortions. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said her “fairly contentious” selection merited more time for consideration, while RNC chair Michael Steele said she must answer more questions on late-term abortions or withdraw. A spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Democrats will pursue avenues to break a Republican filibuster if necessary, and that they'll push for a vote next week. Sebelius, a moderate, is the last of Obama's cabinet members awaiting confirmation.