The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the nation’s next director of the Office of Management and Budget. Burwell was easily confirmed in a 96-0 vote. The last OMB director was Jacob Lew, who left to become the White House Chief of Staff, and later, Secretary of Treasury. Both Democrats and Republicans pointed to her experience in the Clinton Administration and he work as director of the Walmart Foundation. Her easy confirmation was expected, she sailed through her committee confirmation.
“I am pleased that the Senate took bipartisan action today to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Sylvia shares my commitment to growing our economy, shrinking our deficits in a balanced way, and reigniting a rising, thriving middle class. Sylvia has spent a career fighting for working families, and she was part of an OMB team that presided over three budget surpluses in a row. Her experience will be especially important as we continue our efforts to replace the indiscriminate budget cuts that are already starting to cost jobs, hurt families, and inconvenience Americans. Sylvia will be a key member of my economic team, and I look forward to working with her in the years ahead.”