Senate confirms Sylvia Matthews Burwell to head HHS

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

President  Obama with Sylvia Mathews Burwell. (Susan Walsh/AP)

President Obama nominated Burwell, the White House’s budget director for the past year, to replace Kathleen Sebelius, who led HHS during the troubled initial roll-out of the federal insurance exchange.

The Senate confirmed Burwell in a bipartisan 78 to 17 vote, ending a confirmation process that was absent of partisan bickering.

Check out the full story from The Washington Post for more details.


Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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