Pelosi Statement on Nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the President nominating Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services:

“Sylvia Mathews Burwell is a rigorous, energetic, and experienced leader with sterling credentials and unparalleled determination.  Director Burwell is one of the best and brightest public servants in government today, and she is a terrific choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

“As we continue to implement and strengthen the historic reforms of the Affordable Care Act, Director Burwell will bring fresh focus to the ongoing fight to make health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans.  She offers decades of managerial skill built over decades of work in the highest levels of the public and private sector, and the Senate should confirm her without delay.

“Director Burwell will have big shoes to fill at Health and Human Services.  Secretary Sebelius leaves a legacy of millions of Americans with newfound health security – women, children, seniors, workers, and families with new rights and better care.  She leaves the Department of Health and Human Services with groundbreaking achievements to her name, and an American health care system strengthened as never before.  Our nation owes her a great debt of gratitude, and we know that Director Burwell will continue her great legacy of leadership.”