Senate confirms Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed former Walmart executive Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday by a vote of 78-17, according to several reports.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Burwell is being heralded for her management experience. "Burwell ... brings deep management experience to the job that former colleagues say will help her lead the agency's big projects," WSJ wrote. "Chief among them is ensuring that HealthCare.gov runs smoothly during this fall's insurance enrollment period."

Burwell is due to be sworn in Monday. 

She leaves her post as director of the Office of Management and Budget, WSJ reported. She previously held high-level positions in the Clinton White House, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walmart Foundation, but has never held elected office.

 

 

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