Senate OKs Burwell As New HHS Secretary
Sylvia Burwell will serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after a bipartisan majority of Senators voted 78-17 Thursday in favor of President Obama’s nomination, the White House announced.
Burwell replaces Kathleen Sebelius as the second Cabinet official to oversee the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. Sebelius resigned following facing scrutiny regarding the problematic-launch of the Obamacare website.
“Sylvia is a proven manager who knows how to deliver results, and over her career she has built deep relationships with Democrats and Republicans alike,” President Obama said in a issued statement following the Senate’s approval. “I’m confident Sylvia’s unparalleled experience will serve her well in her new role as she works to ensure the safety of our food and drug supply, protect our nation from outbreaks or bioterror attacks, keep America at the forefront of medical research, and make sure every American has access to quality, affordable healthcare.”
Burwell previously served as director of the Office of Management and Budget since August 2013.
Written by Cassandra Dowell