NY Times: Burwell Wins Confirmation as Secretary of Health

Sylvia Mathews Burwell testified before the Senate in May. Credit Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

Sylvia Mathews Burwell testified before the Senate in May. CreditGabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be secretary of health and human services, which will make her responsible for delivering health insurance to more than one-third of all Americans.

Ms. Burwell was confirmed by a vote of 78 to 17. All the no votes were cast by Republicans. But 24 Republicans joined 52 Democrats and two independents in voting for confirmation.

Ms. Burwell, 48, has been director of the White House Office of Management and Budget since April of last year.

White House officials said that President Obama selected her because he wanted a proven manager to carry out the health care law, which got off to a rocky start under Kathleen Sebelius as health secretary. Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, strongly supported Ms. Burwell, saying Thursday that she had brought “a more businesslike approach” to the White House budget office and that she would do the same at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Continue reading here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/us/politics/sylvia-mathews-burwell-confirmed-as-health-secretary.html?_r=0

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