As if Republican grandstanding on the confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius weren't ridiculous enough, America now heads into what the WHO is calling something close to a global pandemic. And yet Republicans are refusing to unanimously confirm Sebelius, filibustering the nomination and forcing Democrats to overcome a 60 vote threshold. As Greg Sargent points out:
Bottom line: The filibuster over an abortion controversy is still throwing a hurdle in the way of this nomination, despite the flu epidemic.
SEIU has a petition up explaining the direct connection between Sebelius and our response to this flu:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), which is responsible for preventing the spread of swine flu, is managed by Health and Human Services (HHS) - a 65,000-person federal department lead by the HHS Secretary. At this moment, the office of HHS Secretary is empty. The reason? Republicans are delaying a vote to fill the office.
Head over and sign it. The vote is expected today.