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On April 17, 2013, Chairman Murray and the Senate Budget Committee held a markup on the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to the position of Director of OMB.  The nomination passed through the Committee on a voice vote with strong bipartisan support and will now head to the Senate floor.

Murray released the following statement following the vote: “Sylvia Burwell is an extremely qualified and exceptional choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget and I am very glad that her nomination was approved by the Senate Budget Committee with strong bipartisan support. I am confident that she is going to do a great job at OMB working to boost the economy and tackle our deficit and debt in a balanced way, and I am looking forward to the full Senate approving her nomination as quickly as possible.”

Burwell testified on the need for a pro-growth approach and about her past experiences in the public and private sectors at a Senate Budget Committee Hearing on April 10th.  Burwell’s full testimony can be found here.

The confirmation now moves to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Full Transcript


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United States Senate,
Committee on the Budget,
Washington, D.C.

The Committee met, pursuant to notice, at 4:28 p.m., in Room s-216, The Capitol, Hon. Patty Murray, Chairman of the Committee, presiding.

Present:  Senators Murray, Wyden, Nelson, Sanders, Whitehouse, Warner, Merkley, Coons, Baldwin, Kaine, King, Sessions, Graham, Portman, Johnson; and Wicker. Staff Present:  Evan T. Schatz, Majority Staff Director; and Marcus Peacock, Minority Staff Director.

Chairman Murray.  The Committee will come to order.

Thank you, everybody, for coming in real quick.  We are meeting to vote on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell  to be the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Everybody is busy so I am just going to move straight to a vote.  Anyone who would like to submit a statement for the record, you are open to do that until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow and we will hold this open for a short amount of time for our other Committee members to vote, if they are running late.

So unless, Senator Sessions, do you have anything?

Senator Sessions.  Just thank you, Madame Chair.  I think this is appropriate, not always I would agree to this.  But she was a very delightful person and able. Perhaps, in a time of fiscal crisis, it is the toughest job in Washington.  It would be if I were President.  That person would be the one--

Chairman Murray.  That is why we have a woman taking over.


Senator Sessions.  So I would just say it is a tough job.  I think she will be honest with us.  She said she would get her reports in on time.  I think a voice vote is appropriate.

Chairman Murray.  Great.

Senator Sessions.  I did think it is important to say that she did promise she would do these reports on time and I think it should be able to be done next year.

Senator Sanders.  But Jeff, most importantly, have you announced your intention to run for President?


Senator Sessions.  You can be sure that is one you will not need to worry about.


Chairman Murray.  The question before the Committee is the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Director of Office of Management and Budget. A quorum is present. I move the Committee report this nomination to the full Senate.

Senator Whitehouse.  Second.

Chairman Murray.  A second is heard.

All those in favor, say aye.

[Chorus of ayes.]

Chairman Murray.  Opposed, nay.

[No response.]

Chairman Murray.  The nomination is passed.

Thank you very much.

[Whereupon, at 4:30 p.m., the Committee was adjourned.]