Swine Flu and the HHS

Tell the GOP: Confirm Sebelius NOW

News is breaking of multiple cases of swine flu throughout the United States. Reports now say that Americans in New York, Kansas and Texas have been infected. Officials are bracing for a pandemic.

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 blocking a vote to fill the office.

Sign the petition to be delivered to the Senate.

Despite being nominated nearly two months ago, the confirmation of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary has been blocked by Republican Senators seeking to curry favor with extremist outside groups. This is simply unacceptable.

This virus is spreading as we speak, but right now, a Bush-appointed accountant is running the department. We need an HHS Secretary NOW. Sign the petition telling the Senate to vote immediately to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. If we don't act, the swine flu might just turn into another Hurricane Katrina.