Obama announces next nominee for HHS secretary

President Obama announced on Friday that Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, will be appointed the new secretary of Health and Human Services.

Burwell will replace Kathleen Sebelius who served in the position for the last five years. Obama said Sebelius' work was crucial to the health and welfare of the American people and will benefit Americans for decades to come, Targeted News Service reports.

"Kathleen has been here through the long fight to pass the Affordable Care Act," Obama said, according to Targeted News Service. "She helped guide its implementation, even when it got rough."

Obama said Burwell was his nomination because there is still more important work to do at the HHS.

"She's a proven manager who's demonstrated her ability to field great teams, forge strong relationships, and deliver excellent results at the highest levels," Obama said, according to Targeted News Service. "And she's done it both in the public and private sectors."

He said Burwell will face major health challenges, such as ensuring the safety of the U.S. food and drug supply and protecting the country from bioterror attacks and outbreaks. Obama praised the hard work of researchers at the HHS, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health for helping to improve the lives of the American people every single day, Targeted News Service reports.

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