Senate Considers HHS Nominee
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:31 PM

A Senate committee considered Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's nominee for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary.  

Republican senators on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee  offered their opinions.  "Ms. Burwell has proven herself as an effective and dynamic manager, with experience and skill in leading a wide range of organizations," committee chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said in his opening remarks. "She is an impressive nominee and eminently qualified to serve as the next secretary of Health and Human Services."

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the committee's ranking member, didn't comment on Burwell in his opening remarks. "We'd like to turn [our healthcare system] and head it in the right direction," he said. "We want to repair the damage that Obamacare has done and prevent future damage as responsibly and rapidly as we can."

During the hearing, Burwell said she supports continuing funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), calling it "a program that is successful."