Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, released a statement wishing Sebelius well. He said her interest in health care policy is appropriately pursued on the national level.
However, Schmidt also cautioned about a tough road ahead for lawmakers.
“The governor’s decision to leave adds disruption to an already difficult legislative session," he said. "The state budget remains substantially out of balance, and she will leave behind no consensus on how to balance it."
Schmidt said he is confident Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson will be committed to working with both sides of the aisle to reach agreement on difficult budget issues. Getting to work, though, depends on making the transition quickly.
"Kansas needs the United States Senate to act quickly on the Sebelius nomination so the transition of governors can occur and the critical work of reshaping state government to live within its means for years to come can proceed during the remaining few weeks of this legislative session,” he said.