April 27th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
5 years ago

SEIU draws upon swine flu to attack GOP senators

The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday to confirm Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as the department's new leader.
The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday to confirm Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as the department's new leader.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Service Employees International Union launched an online movement Monday attacking Republican senators for blocking the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services Secretary in the wake of the recent swine flu pandemic.

The SEIU accuses GOP senators of holding up the vote "to curry favor with extremist roots," and invokes Hurricane Katrina to urge visitors of the Web site to sign the petition.

"This disease is spreading as we speak, but right now, a Bush-appointed accountant is running the department," the union says on its website. "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."

The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday to confirm Sebelius as the department's new leader.


Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Swine Flu
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Tony

    You knew this was coming. The flu is here because the GOP is against this killer......

    ROTFLAMO

    The left will say anything!

    April 27, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. MJ

    that didn't take long....however I was actually expecting the President to blame this crisis on the former administration...since he blames them for everything else. I really don't care if one is a Democrat or Republican, using a pandemic or any kind of health crisis for political purposes is tasteless, crass, cowardly...and other kind of euphemism for idiotic. This is just a typical tactic of trying to use a crisis to get something else accomplished that has nothing to do with the crisis. Can't you please just suck it up and move forward, I am tired of the blame game. This one is not anyone's fault and one person in a health department will not make a difference.

    April 27, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Lisa, Saugus MA

    This Union is totally luducrious!

    Do they actually believe that Republican Senators would allow an epidemic to overtake the American public?

    Besides even if she were appointed as HHS, what could she do? Why don't they blame Tom Daschle? They would have put him through but he withdrew his name from the running.

    That is luducrious also but now you all get the picture!

    April 27, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Jeff, Washington, DC

    Perhaps the confirmation process would move along swimmingly if President Obama nominated cabinet officials who actually paid their taxes.

    April 27, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Steve

    I'm not a huge fan of the SEIU, but in this case they're dead right. The GOP has been playing politics with this nomination in order to placate people who want to enact their religious opinions into law. It's time for that nonsense to stop.

    April 27, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. FL

    This is completely hype, smoke and mirrors, to try to shove through an extremely liberal woman to head up HHS. Sebelius is out of step with the majority of US voters, conservative and liberal alike. The majority of us support some limitations on abortion, such as restricting late term abortion and banning partial birth abortion, liberals included. Sebelius is in the pocket of the abortion industry and just voted down a bill to restrict late term and partial birth abortion in her home state. If Obama wants to show a little of the so far non-existent bi-partisanship, he could start by withdrawing Sebelius. The majority of US citizens could support that.

    April 27, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. HonestMistake

    Are you kidding? The swine flu isn't spreading because Sebelius hasn't been confirmed. Even if she had been already, Napolitano would still be the point person. And it's not the Republicans fault Obama had to reopen the search for H&HS secretary.

    April 27, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Roy

    This is how low these LOSER Democrats have sunk. Wow, this is sad.

    April 27, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Jefe

    First off, yes, they should get on with the confirmation, but second, people need to settle down and stop panicking. "Pandemic" does not mean it is a serious disease, it simply means it is widespread. The "Swine Flu" appears to be less virulent than the flu strains circulating this past winter. Certain profiteers would prefer Americans to wander around as panicking idiots, but please, don't feed the lowest 29%...

    April 27, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't understand why it is taking so long o get Sebelius a vote by the full Senate... Are they afraid that she get confirmed? Does it really matter that she supported abortion access rather than deny it? Are they so focused on one subject to the detriment of all others? That leads to wrong thinking and hindering everything. Open your minds to what the total picture is.

    April 27, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Daniel E

    Remeber when Gov Jindal said it was a waste to spend federal dollars on earthquake monitoring? Then an Alaskan volcano erupted?

    Well, Sen Collins said "Should we have $870 million in this bill No, we should not." regarding flu preparations in the stimulus bill.

    Think we should have paid for it now Sen Collins?

    April 27, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Observation

    .....And as the swine flu looms over the country, we are told to "see your doctor if...." What about the nearly 50 million of us who don't have healthcare coverage, let alone a doctor to call our own?

    "We" (contrary to the 'party of no' spokespeople) want/need Sebelius to be confirmed. She is highly qualified, and the majority of "us" are sick & tired of the conservatives injecting their own quirkly brand of morality into the mix. Enough is enough!

    April 27, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. fearful for my country

    Y'all act like Kathleen is going to step in and save the world from the flu. I think not.

    April 27, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Jimmy the Greek

    Swine Flu..... it's what they call it when Michelle gets a cold.

    April 27, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Laura

    So, SEIU, you only like ONE type of extremist, is that it? Sebelius is about as extreme as they come, and should not be confirmed.

    April 27, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. President Obama could walk on water and the Party of NO would still complain that he left footprints!

    Now the Party of NO is willing to take the CHANCE that someone may die just so they can obstruct the approval of HHS head?

    All to prove a point to the rabid right?

    Those are "christian" value that I want NO part of.

    All the repuke committee member should be FORCED to attend the funerals of any flu victim(s) and indicate why the republican party was more important than the victim to the victim's loved ones left behind!

    April 27, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. William in San Jose

    Republican Senators are the real epidemic...

    April 27, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. When she pays her taxes.....

    none of these Obama appointees pay their taxes-–why do we want them?????

    April 27, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Thom Robinson

    RE: Roy's comment. Hey buddy. "LOSER" dems you said? I'm pretty sure the Democrats have won it all since 2006!

    April 27, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. thetruth

    I have a better line of attack to address the GOP'ers: HuffingtonPost is reporting that Senator Susan Collins and other Gop'ers removed the portion of the stimulus package that approiates pandemic preparedness funds.........huh? Who knew that cutting "pork" from the stimulus would lead to "swine-flu" unpreparedness?.. Wait it gets better –do you remember Govenor Jindal's rant and ridicule against the stimulus portion that funds Volcanic activity monitoring–well we know what happened dont we –Mt. Redoubt promptly erupted shortly thereafter and thanks to the volcanic monitoring agency–they were able to warn residents, as well as divert airline flights in the area, so as to avert disaster. Iv'e got one more for ya–Remember gov Rick Perry's flirting with and threatning secession if the Fed gvnmt kept thumbing their noses and meddeling in states business–well as it turned out, The swine flu has hit Texas- and now the once boisterous Gov Perry is asking the same Fed gvnmt for help in controlling the outbreak. Thats 0 for 3 so far...Talk about ironic.

    April 27, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Keith in Austin

    Sebilius supports late term abortions and has serious issues regarding not paying taxes.

    The Liberal Senate is now blaming the GOP because of Swine Flu? How utterly one-sided this article is! C'com CNN, leave this blatent left-wing b.s. To MSNBC!

    April 27, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Mike Dallas

    So, not the Republican Nazi Committee is will to let people die just to make a political point about abortion???

    Any supposed "christian" that supports this despicable act, I for one hope you get swine flu and therefore reap what you sow!

    You are playing games with people's lives you ignorant, moronic knuckle-draggers!

    April 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Dan

    "Roy April 27th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

    This is how low these LOSER Democrats have sunk. Wow, this is sad."

    Roy, perhaps you misread the story, or are just a moron. It is the GOP who have sunk low. Wow! What flavor is your cool-aid?

    April 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Liz in Texas

    Being pro-choice is not out of the mainstream. It is right-wing fundalmentalists and the Republican politicians that pander to them that is out of the mainstream.

    April 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. John

    It's hard to differentiate the swine and the flu from the Republican policy of obstructionism.

    April 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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