Sebelius wins quick confirmation

The Associated PressApril 29, 2009 

— Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won Senate confirmation Tuesday to serve as the nation's health and human services secretary.

She already has a public health emergency on her hands with the swine flu sickening dozens of Americans. The 65-31 vote came after Democrats urged quick action so she could get to work leading the federal response to the flu outbreak.

"We find ourselves in the midst of a global crisis," said Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. "What we've been missing in all of this is the head of the Health and Human Services Department."

Sixty votes in the 100-seat Senate were necessary for approval. Immediately after the vote, Sebelius resigned as governor in Kansas and headed to Washington, where she was sworn in.

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