WASHINGTON | Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has won Senate confirmation 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 that Sebelius could get to work leading the federal response to the flu outbreak. Sixty votes in the 100-seat Senate were necessary for approval.
Republican opponents cited Sebelius' pro-abortion stances and raised concerns about whether Obama administration plans to overhaul the nation's health system would lead to rationing of care.
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Sebelius was the final Obama Cabinet pick awaiting confirmation.