Now that Kathleen Sebelius has stepped down from her position as Secretary of Health and Human Services, President Obama as nominated Sylvia Burwell for the position. Burwell presently serves as President Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss is none too pleased with the nomination:
In my recent dealings with Ms. Burwell, I’ve had concerns about her willingness to ignore the clear intent of Congress and text of duly enacted laws. Before she is promoted to run Obamacare – a program where this administration continues to illegally ignore the text of their own law – I need to have a better explanation about why she has ignored the direction of Congress as it relates to the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.
Burwell, or at minimum her office, was responsible for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project not being funded in the President’s budget request this year, despite the direction of Congress.
News reports say the President nominated Burwell as Sebelius’s replacement in order to avoid a confirmation fight with the Senate. It will be interesting to see if Chambliss (and fellow Senator Johnny Isakson) will try to pick one.
Oh, and apparently Burwell was also the person responsible for closing the national parks, veterans memorials and the rest of the government last year.
Update: Isakson just tweeted this:
— Johnny Isakson (@SenatorIsakson) April 11, 2014