Burwell Confirmed as HHS Secretary
Sylvia Burwell was confirmed by the United States Senate as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The vote was 78-17 in favor, with more than 20 Republicans crossing the aisle to support her nomination to replace the embattled Kathleen Sebelius.
Burwell, the White House budget director, is well regarded by lawmakers, one of whom introduced her as “remarkably responsible.” She was approved for her current post 96-0 by the Senate last year. Lawmakers hope she will work more closely with congress on health issues and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act than her predecessor.