Walmart Foundation Head to be Nominated for Budget Chief

Published 03/04 2013 11:12AM

Updated 03/04 2013 11:15AM


President Barack Obama will nominate Walmart Foundation head Sylvia Mathews Burwell to direct the Office of Management and Budget, a senior administration official confirmed to NBC News on Sunday.

Burwell, 47, runs Walmart's philanthropic arm and served as the deputy director of the OMB during the Clinton administration and chief of staff to former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. If confirmed by the Senate, she would take on one of the most important jobs in the administration during the middle of an intense budget battle
between the White House and Republicans in Congress.

"Burwell has a proven record as a thoughtful problem solver who builds consensus to get things done," according to a White House official. She has a "deep knowledge of budget and economic issues along with her record of fighting for working Americans make her the perfect choice to lead the OMB at this important time."

The official stressed Burwell's history as a bipartisan problem solver who helped craft the budget surpluses seen in the 1990s.

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