Senate Vote on Kansas Gov. Sebelius' HHS Nomination to Wait

By: AP/13 News
By: AP/13 News

WASHINGTON_ Senators have decided to wait to vote on Gov.
Kathleen Sebelius' nomination as health and human services
secretary until they return from a two-week recess that's about to

The delay will give lawmakers more time to review her responses.

Sebelius appeared Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee.

She told committee members that everyone should have health coverage but avoided endorsing the idea of making individuals
legally responsible for seeing that they're insured.

Sebelius was responding to questions from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, who proposed a so-called individual mandate in his own health overhaul plan.

She was not asked any questions about abortion. The issue has caused loud complaints from conservative groups angered about her
vetoes of some abortion restrictions. However, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee is asking health and human services nominee Kathleen Sebelius to explain $7,000 worth of errors in her income taxes.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said he takes such tax matters ``very seriously'' and is eager to hear Sebelius' answers. Grassley made the request in the opening of the Kansas governor's confirmation hearing to become health and human services secretary.

Sebelius recently amended three years of tax returns and paid about $7,000 to correct what she said were unintentional errors. She's the latest in a string of Obama administration nominees with tax problems, but they aren't expected to pose serious problems for her nomination.

Sebelius was joined during her introduction by former Kansas Senator Bob Dole. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is a member of the Finance Committee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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