April 28, 2009

Amidst Public Health Emergency, Gillibrand Urges Swift Confirmation of Governor Sebelius as HHS Secretary

Washington, D.C. - Today, as the U.S. Senate considers the nomination of Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:

"While I commend the Obama Administration, and state and local governments for acting swiftly and aggressively to contain the current Swine Flu outbreak, it is clear that we can't wait another day to fill this critical leadership post. Beyond emergency preparedness, reforming our broken health care system is a vital component in ensuring that we have the ability to contain outbreaks in the future. It is time to end the partisan ideological divide in the Senate and confirm Governor Sebelius immediately.

"Governor Sebelius is the commonsense, hardworking leader we need at the helm of the Department of Health and Human Services. She's a proven leader with the ability to bring people together to produce real, meaningful results for people's everyday lives. She will provide the kind of leadership we need now more than ever as we face critical challenges - the worst economic crisis any of us have ever seen, a daunting number of uninsured and underinsured, health care costs that are crippling families and small businesses and the need for our nation to be fully prepared as we face potential global health pandemics."