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Senate Confirms Sylvia Mathews Burwell As HHS Secretary

News outlets report on the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Associated Press/Huffington Post: Sylvia Mathews Burwell Confirmed As HHS Secretary By Senate
“The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services on Thursday. Burwell was confirmed by a vote of 78-17…” (6/5).

New York Times: Burwell Wins Confirmation as Secretary of Health
“The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be secretary of health and human services, which will make her responsible for delivering health insurance to more than one-third of all Americans…” (Pear, 6/5).

NPR: Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services
“The Senate has voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the post of secretary of health and human services, where she will replace Kathleen Sebelius, who presided over the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website…” (Neuman, 6/5).

Wall Street Journal: Burwell Confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary
“…Thursday’s Senate confirmation of Ms. Burwell as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, in a 78-17 vote, marks a shift for an agency that has been headed by former state governors for the past 14 years and that over the past several months has been beset by the disastrous Obamacare rollout…” (Radnofsky, 6/5).

Washington Post: Senate confirms Sylvia Mathews Burwell as new secretary of HHS
“…In her new role, the 48-year-old veteran of the Clinton administration’s economic team will oversee 11 far-flung agencies that make up HHS, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the enormous public insurance programs, Medicare and Medicaid…” (Goldstein, 6/5).

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