Navajo Vice President statement on Sylvia Mathews Burwell confirmation to lead HHS

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Contact: Jared King
Communications Director
Navajo Nation Washington Office
202-200-0625
jking@nnwo.org

For Immediate Release

Navajo Vice President statement on Sylvia Burwell confirmation to lead HHS

WASHINGTON—Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim released the following statement about today’s Senate confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services secretary:

“We thank the Senate for their quick, bipartisan confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to this important post at the HHS. Myself and the other members of the HHS Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee look forward to working with Ms. Burwell and continuing the government-to-government relationship and implementation of meaningful tribal consultation policies established by outgoing Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Ms. Burwell has large shoes to fill following the great strides made by Secretary Sebelius. However, I have it on good authority that Ms. Burwell has some familiarity with the Navajo Nation. It is my intent to build upon that and, hopefully, introduce Ms. Burwell to the Navajo Nation and our citizens too.”

Currently, Burwell serves as the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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