Sebelius wins committee approval as HHS secretary

WASHINGTON | Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has won approval from a divided Senate panel to become secretary of health and human services in the Obama administration.

The Finance Committee voted 15 to 8 Tuesday to send the Sebelius nomination to the full Senate for a final vote.

The committee vote came after several Republicans voiced concerns about Sebelius’ ties to a late-term abortion doctor in her home state. The GOP also questioned her commitment to ensuring that the government doesn’t try to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

Sebelius was Obama’s second choice for health secretary after his first pick — former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle — withdrew over unpaid taxes.

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