Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sylvia Matthews Burwell officially took the reins of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Monday

Drew Thies

Secretary Burwell was confirmed in the Senate on a 78-17 vote last Thursday, June 5th. Burwell, the former director for the Office of Management and Budget, was widely praised by Senators on both sides of the aisle in her confirmation hearings.

Many top Republicans praised her for her commitment to transparency regarding President Obama’s signature health care law. “[Burwell] is an extremely competent person who will answer your questions,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who is a member of the Senate’s top health care committees.

“I think she’s somebody that we can work with” added Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT). “She's qualified and I think that she's a very good worker.”

Burwell was nominated by President Obama shortly after Kathleen Sebelius announced in April that she would be resigning from her post at the head of HHS. “Congrats and good luck to my friend Sylvia Mathews Burwell!” Sebelius said on Twitter Monday.

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