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Burwell confirmed as next OMB director

By a unanimous 96 to 0 vote, the Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday.

Burwell served as deputy budget director and a top White House aide during the Clinton administration. She will take the place of Jeffrey Zients, who has served as acting director since Jack Lew left in January 2012 to become White House chief of staff. Lew is now Treasury secretary.  

Sylvia Mathews Burwell (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

The White House issued a statement praising the bipartisan vote. “Sylvia has spent a career fighting for working families, and she was part of an OMB team that presided over three budget surpluses in a row,” President Obama said. “Her experience will be especially important as we continue our efforts to replace the indiscriminate budget cuts that are already starting to cost jobs, hurt families and inconvenience Americans.”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from Burwell’s home state of West Virginia, said that her “abundant knowledge and budget experience make her the right person to take on our country’s fiscal challenges. The overwhelming bipartisan support Sylvia received during her confirmation proves that.”

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