Senate vote on Sebelius likely not until next week

WASHINGTON | Republican objections to immediate Senate action on President Barack Obama's health secretary nominee will probably push a final vote to next week.

It's the latest snag for Obama's attempts to get a Health and Human Services secretary in place to work on a health care overhaul.

The Finance Committee approved Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for the job Tuesday, and supporters predicted a full Senate vote this week.

But when Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to raise the nomination Thursday, Republican leader Mitch McConnell objected, citing opposition in the Finance Committee.

Now Reid will probably have to invoke Senate procedures requiring 60 votes to move forward, which would likely happen next week. Democrats say they have the necessary votes.