Senate confirms Sylvia Burwell to head OMB

Wednesday - 4/24/2013, 4:06pm EDT

FILE - In this April 10, 2013 file photo, Sylvia Matthews Burwell of West Virginia, President Barack Obama choice to head the budget office, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate has confirmed Burwell to run the White House budget office. The vote was 96-0. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has confirmed Sylvia Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee to run the White House budget office. The vote was 96-0.

Obama applauded the bipartisan vote. He said as his new director of the Office of Management and Budget, Burwell will help his administration continue efforts to replace recent across-the-board budget cuts. Obama said Burwell would be a "key member of my economic team."

Burwell is a former deputy budget director and top White House aide during the Clinton administration. More recently, she was president of the Wal-Mart Foundation and a top executive at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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