Senate green-lights Burwell as HHS chief
WASHINGTON – The Senate, in a bipartisan 78-17 vote, has confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to news reports. Burwell has been the director of the Office of Management and Budget since April 2013. Prior to that, she was president of the Walmart Foundation and president of the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to reports. Though responsible for 11 agencies that make up HHS, Burwell’s early focus will be continuing to implement the Affordable Care Act. She will likely take over when she is sworn in on Monday, according to reports.