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Senate Confirms Burwell as Next HHS Secretary

Senate Confirms Burwell as Next HHS Secretary

June 6, 2014 — The Senate on Thursday voted 78-17 to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next HHS secretary, the New York Times reports (Pear, New York Times, 6/5).

In April, President Obama nominated Burwell -- who was serving as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget -- after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/11).

In Thursday's vote, 52 Democrats, 24 Republicans and two independents voted in favor of Burwell's confirmation (New York Times, 6/5).

According to the Los Angeles Times, 17 Republicans who opposed Burwell's nomination had cited her support for the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) as the reason for their votes against her (Levey, Los Angeles Times, 6/5).

Burwell is scheduled to take over for Sebelius after she is sworn in on Monday, according to an HHS aide, the Washington Post reports (Goldstein, Washington Post, 6/5).

Obama in a statement said he "applaud[s] the strong, bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed [Burwell] as America's next secretary of [HHS]," adding that she is "a proven manager who knows how to deliver results, and over her career she has built deep relationships with Democrats and Republicans alike" (Kennedy, USA Today, 6/5).