Obama nominates Walmart's Burwell as budget chief

4:16 AM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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JULIE PACE
AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has tapped Walmart's Sylvia Mathews Burwell as his next budget chief, thrusting her into the center of Washington's heated partisan budget battles.

Obama will announce Burwell's nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget during a White House ceremony Monday morning. If confirmed by the Senate, Burwell would bring more diversity to Obama's second term Cabinet following criticism that many top jobs were going to white men.

Her nomination also signals that the White House is trying to get back to normal business after the president and Congress failed to avert the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that took effect Friday.

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