Dorgan expects vote on IHS nominee on April 30
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The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Yvette Roubideaux to be director of the Indian Health Service at a business meeting next Thursday, April 30, according to the office of Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota).

Roubideaux, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, went before the committee on Thursday for her confirmation hearing. She received support from members of both parties, who called on her to make management and service improvements at the agency.

Dorgan, the chairman, in particular said he was frustrated with the last IHS director. He said Bob McSwain, who was a Bush nominee, promised to address management issues at a health facility in North Dakota but didn't take action to resolve an outstanding problem.

The Senate has yet to vote on Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Republicans are raising concerns about abortion, The New York Times reported, an issue that also surfaced during consideration of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act during the 110th Congress.

Committee Hearing:
HEARING on the nomination of Yvette Roubideaux to be Director of the Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (April 23, 2009)

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