Sebelius Confirmation Vote Could Come Today

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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With the swine flu spreading, the Senate is on the verge of confirming President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of health and human services.

Debate is set to begin Tuesday morning, with a vote anticipated in the afternoon.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is expected to get the 60 votes needed in the Democratic-led Senate, though the vote could be close. Anti-abortion groups have been lobbying Republican senators to vote against her.

If she's confirmed, Sebelius would have an immediate challenge because of the swine flu outbreak in the U.S.

She also would be working without much of a team. The Senate hasn't acted on the nominees for deputy HHS secretary or commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

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