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  • FILE - This May 8, 2014 file photo shows Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate has confirmed Burwell as the nation’s new health secretary and steward of the president’s health care law.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Senate confirms Burwell as HHS secretary, new face of Obamacare

    Government auditors said Thursday that 2 million fewer people will pay an Obamacare penalty for lacking insurance in 2016 than previously thought, marking yet another shift in the law's landscape as the government's top health agency welcomes a new leader.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other senators gather for a closed-door briefing with intelligence officials about the Obama administration’s decision to swap five members of the Taliban for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    McConnell uses Burwell vote to bash Obamacare

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said Sylvia Mathews Burwell's willingness to implement Obamacare "calls her policy judgment into question" and is enough for him to oppose her nomination as secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.

  • HHS nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell passes test vote in Senate

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's pick to see Obamacare into its second season, easily cleared a key Senate hurdle Wednesday, putting her on track to be confirmed as the next Health and Human Services secretary in a final vote Thursday.

  • HHS nominee breezes through finace committee hearings

    The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday backed President Obama's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department, clearing the way for Sylvia Mathews Burwell to become the new face of Obamacare and oversee an agency responsible for about $1 trillion in federal spending.

  • Burwell gets committee approval for health post

    The Senate Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination to become the nation's next health secretary and oversee implementation of the new health law.

  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services, appears before the Senate Finance Committee for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Burwell has found favor with both Republicans and Democrats in her current role as the head of the Office of Management and Budget and would replace Kathleen Sebelius who resigned last month after presiding over the Affordable Care Act and its problematic rollout. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate panel easily approves Obama pick to head HHS

    The Senate Finance Committee sent Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination to head the Health and Human Services Department to the full chamber Wednesday, clearing the way for President Obama's budget chief to become the new face of Obamacare and oversee an agency responsible for about $1 trillion in federal spending.

  • Senate panel set to vote on Obama's HHS pick Wednesday

    The Senate Finance Committee is set to vote Wednesday on President Obama's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department — a job that comes with the political burden of rolling out Obamacare.

  • Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in his Capitol Hill Office, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Sen. David Vitter opposes Obama's HHS pick

    Just when it looked like no one would stand in the way of President Obama's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department, a Louisiana senator said he will oppose her nomination until lawmakers are held to the same standard as regular folks who purchased health coverage on Obamacare's insurance exchanges.

  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's nominee to become Health and Human Services Secretary, center, is greeted by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. Sen. Coburn described her as "competent." (Associated Press)

    Senators want states to pay up, reimburse $$ lost to health care website failures

    Senate Republicans on Wednesday told President Obama's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department that they expect the government to recoup millions of dollars in federal grants from states that set up flawed websites under Obamacare.

  • Obama's HHS pick gets a boost from Republican Sen. Tom Coburn

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's pick to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, got a boost from a key Republican source Wednesday as she sat down for her second grilling on Capitol Hill.

  • Health secretary nominee faces cordial senators

    President Barack Obama's pick to be the nation's new health secretary faced some pointed questions Wednesday over the health care law, but she also won praise as Republican senators largely passed up the chance for an all-out assault on "Obamacare."

  • Burwell grilled, but unscathed, in confirmation hearing

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's pick to be the new Health and Human Services secretary, survived her first round of grilling Thursday on Capitol Hill, staving off GOP lawmakers' concerns about the health of Obamacare and vowing to help states that want to expand their Medicaid programs on their own terms.

  • FILE - In this April 11, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama listens as his nominee to become Human Services secretary, current Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Burwell appears Thursday, May 8 before the Senate Health Committee, the first of two Senate committees that will hold hearings on her nomination.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    HHS nominee faces GOP questions on health law

    President Barack Obama's nominee for health secretary drew support from Republican senators Thursday even as they challenged the health law she would be charged with carrying out.

  • FILE - In this April 11, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama listens as his nominee to become Human Services secretary, current Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Burwell appears Thursday, May 8 before the Senate Health Committee, the first of two Senate committees that will hold hearings on her nomination.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Obamacare's famed 'Red Tape Tower' shows up at Burwell confirmation hearing

    If anyone doubted that Sylvia Mathews Burwell's confirmation hearing Thursday to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would be a referendum on Obamacare, the presence of the famed "Red Tape Tower" should prove otherwise.

  • **FILE** Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican (Associated Press)

    Sen. John McCain: Burwell new captain of Obamacare 'Titanic'

    White House budget chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell might have a tough job now, but the post she now wants is "perhaps the most thankless," Sen. John McCain said Thursday.

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