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In the Hot Seat: Sylvia Mathews Burwell


President Obama looks on before announcing Director of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell (right) as his nominee to replace outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (second left), during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

The debate over the Keystone XL pipeline will take up much of Congress’ attention this week, as colleague Paul Kane writes, but the committees, particularly in the Senate, are still slated to have several high-profile officials appear. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the White House pick to replace outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has her Senate confirmation hearing. Also in the hot seat on the Senate side is Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, while the House welcomes Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.


Tuesday, May 6

Who: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey; Where: Senate Armed Services Committee; Why: Military pay

Who: Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Where: Senate Budget Committee; Why: 2015 budget request

Who: Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta; Where: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and the federal workforce; Why: The State of the federal government workplace

Who: European and Eurasian Affairs Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland; Where: Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Why: U.S. Role in Ukraine-Russia Relations

Wednesday May 7

Who: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; Where: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; Why: Farm bill implementation

Who: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx; Where: Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; Why: Surface transportation reauthorization bill

Thursday, May 8

Who: Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen; Where: Senate Budget Committee; Why: U.S. economic and fiscal outlook

Who: Health and Human Services Secretary-nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell; Where: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Why: Confirmation hearing

Who: Army Secretary John McHugh; Where: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on financial and contracting oversight; Why: Army sponsorship and marketing


Wednesday May 7

Who: Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen; Where: House Ways and Means subcommittee on oversight; Why: IRS operations

Thursday May 8

Who: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Where: House Financial Services Committee; Why: Annual state of the international finance system

Who: European and Eurasian Affairs Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland; Where: House Foreign Affairs Committee; Why: Russia-Ukraine conflict

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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