Why does he need Republicans? He rewrote the rules and has a majority of votes. So go confirm her yourself.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday called on Republicans to confirm Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell quickly as the next secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“Director Burwell deserves timely confirmation, and I hope my Republican colleagues will work with us to ensure we fill this important position without unnecessary obstruction and delay,” Reid said.
Says the guy who has obstructed a vote on nearly 200 pieces of legislation passed by the House.
Last year, the Senate unanimously confirmed Burwell to the OMB, but it may not go that smoothly this time around. On Friday, Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said in a statement he would consider her with an “open mind,” but then indicated he has questions about her qualifications.
“Ms. Burwell has a comparatively thin resume for the demands now placed on this position — she has never run anything on the scale of HHS — and, during her short stint as budget director, she did more to obscure the nation’s poor financial state than to illuminate it,” he said.
By all means let’s rush to confirm the woman who authored Obama’s budget which was narrowly voted down in a 413-2 vote this week.