Vote to confirm HHS nominee delayed until after April 20
The U.S. Senate adjourned on April 2 for a two-week recess without holding an expected vote to confirm Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee, Governor Kathleen Sebelius.
Following confirmation hearings before both the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on March 31 and the Senate Finance Committee on April 2, where Sebelius successfully handled rounds of questioning, lawmakers had planned to quickly move the confirmation through a vote of the Senate Finance Committee and then the full Senate before members left town.
Congressional Quarterly reported, however, that an anonymous hold was placed on the committee vote, delaying any further action until at least April 20. No reason was given for the hold.
Until the delay, the confirmation process had gone smoothly for the Kansas governor and her nomination has received bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. The secretary of HHS is the last remaining cabinet position for the Obama administration to fill.
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