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Senate confirms Burwell as new HHS secretary

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services, arrives at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington
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Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services, arrives at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington
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The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Thursday as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services by a bipartisan vote of 78-17. Burwell, the outgoing director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was President Barack Obama’s top choice to succeed the embattled Kathleen Sebelius, who announced plans to step down as secretary in April. Sebelius, who had served since the beginning of the administration, oversaw the shaky rollout ...

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