It’s been a day for changing titles. Former Kansas governor was confirmed earlier this evening to be President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. The vote was 65-31. Among the 65 was former Republican Arlen Specter (D-PA). We’ll post the Roll Call when it comes down the pipe.
Interestingly, Specter also voted in support of an major piece of anti-fraud legislation earlier today, and, in that roll call, the Senate website still lists him as a Republican. Amateurs.
Anyhow, NARAL/Pro-Choice America has been pushing hard for Sebelius’ confirmation, and the group’s president, Nancy Keenan, had this to say:
We applaud the Senate’s vote to confirm the eminently-qualified Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to serve in this critical position. Anti-choice advocates tried every desperate trick in the book to derail her confirmation, but this vote shows that a majority of senators understand that Americans are tired of the antagonistic politics of the past. As our country faces challenges on a number of fronts, especially on the issue of affordable health care, we look forward to ensuring that women’s health and sound science are a priority, rather than the failed political maneuvering that damaged this agency during the previous Bush administration.
Late update: Roll call here. He’s still listed as a Republican. Somebody should call the clerk!