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From Walmart to the White House; Former Executive Tapped for HHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- President Obama has chosen Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Department of Health and Human Services Secretary to take Kathleen Sebelius' place. And Walmart is responding.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- President Obama has chosen Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Department of Health and Human Services Secretary to take Kathleen Sebelius' place. Burwell has worked for the Clinton administration and has served as president of the Walmart Foundation. That's the charity arm of the retail giant. She was nominated in a ceremony at the White House on Friday. "I'm humbled, honored, and excited by the opportunity to build on the achievements that Kathleen, the President, and so many others have put in place," says Burwell. The Senate must now confirm Burwell's nomination. Meanwhile, Walmart's newest CEO, Doug McMillon, issued this statement:

“Congratulations to Sylvia Mathews Burwell on her nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services. We are very proud the President has asked Sylvia to take on this critical position. Sylvia has a strong record of working collaboratively with businesses and government on some of the most pressing issues facing Americans. She understands the needs of people and communities and has consistently delivered strong results that have a positive impact on society. It's crucial to have a leader like Sylvia in this role, and we stand ready to work with the Administration on solutions that provide more Americans with even greater access to affordable health care. The Walmart family would like to offer our congratulations and best wishes to Sylvia as she embarks on this important mission.”
- Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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