Anti-Choice Senators Delay Vote on Sebelius
Pro-choice Americans, if we ever needed your help, it's now. Via WaPo's 44 blog, we learned that anti-choice Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just "stymied" a vote today on the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to lead Health and Human Services (HHS):
At the start of the session today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) proposed taking a vote after five hours of debate. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected, arguing that lawmakers needed more time to consider her "fairly contentious" selection.
Readers may remember that the Finance Committee voted to confirm Sebelius on Tuesday with bipartisan support. Even anti-choice Sen. John Cornyn told Politico that he thinks Sebelius will ultimately be confirmed.
It's clear this vote was delayed simply because anti-choice senators were afraid to stand up to anti-choice activists that object to Sebelius' nomination SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE IS PRO-CHOICE. It's ridiculous, as Sebelius is eminently qualified for this position. She has spent the last 20 years in public service, ensuring that Kansans are healthy and safe, first as a state representative and then as insurance commissioner. Further, as governor, Sebelius has a strong record of protecting women's access to reproductive-health services and information. Her experience, extensive public service, and record protecting women's reproductive rights makes Gov. Sebelius a highly qualified nominee to serve as HHS secretary.
Please stand up for Gov. Sebelius: take action immediately to put an end to distortions and obstructive tactics. You can also call your senators and send a strong message to the Senate that it needs to confirm Gov. Sebelius, without delay:
- Call the Senate at (202) 224-3121. Let the operator know which Senate office you wish to speak to. If you're not sure who your senators are, let the operator know what state you live in.
- Use this message when speaking with the senator's staff person: "I'm calling to ask the senator to oppose any delays on Gov. Sebelius' nomination to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services, and I ask the senator to vote to confirm her nomination."
- Let us know you called by sending an email. Help us keep track of our progress!
Thanks for your help.