Obama announces Sebelius resignation, names budget director succ - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Obama announces Sebelius resignation, names budget director successor

Posted: Updated:
Kathleen Sebelius Kathleen Sebelius
President Barack Obama, flanked by outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, and his nominee to be her replacement, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell. White House, Washington, Apr. 14, 2014 (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) President Barack Obama, flanked by outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, and his nominee to be her replacement, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell. White House, Washington, Apr. 14, 2014 (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - President Barack Obama on Friday announced the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and named his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as her successor.

"Kathleen’s work over the past five years will benefit our families and our country for decades to come," said President Obama.

Her resignation comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for Obama's health care law. Website failures marred the opening weeks of the six-month enrollment period, but the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling more than 7 million people in health insurance plans.

Sebelius' resignation could set the stage for a contentious election-year confirmation hearing for Mathews Burwell. Sebelius served as HHS secretary since the start of the Obama administration.

"In the year since she arrived, the deficit has plunged by more than $400 billion," said President Obama.

The Associated Press reported Sebelius' resignation a day earlier. The AP cited an official who was not authorized to discuss the resignation and requested anonymity.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:36:44 GMT
    Public Advocate Leticia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
    Public Advocate Leticia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
  • Savion Glover, the master teacher

    Savion Glover, the master teacher

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:26:05 GMT
    While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations.
    While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations.
  • Sharpton promises orderly march

    Garner's family meets U.S. attorney

    Garner's family meets U.S. attorney

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:18:39 GMT
    The Rev. Al Sharpton and family members of Eric Garner came from a meeting with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in which they asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his apparent chokehold death. Meantime, Staten Island businesses are bracing for the huge crowds expected at Saturday's march. Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally Saturday.
    The Rev. Al Sharpton and family members of Eric Garner came from a meeting with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in which they asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his apparent chokehold death. Meantime, Staten Island businesses are bracing for the huge crowds expected at Saturday's march. Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally Saturday.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices