Obama Picks Sylvia Burwell as Budget Chief: Sources
Walmart Foundation head worked in Clinton's White House
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2013 3:49 PM CST
Sylvia Burwell, said to be President Obama's choice for budget chief.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – President Obama has planned his next big nomination: Walmart Foundation chief Sylvia Burwell as budget director, Reuters reports. Sources say that Obama will name the 47-year-old veteran of Bill Clinton's White House tomorrow. On the upside, she directed philanthropic efforts from Wal-Mart's Arkansas headquarters, she brings an outsider's view to the White House, and she's female—unlike most of Obama's other choices for top jobs.

On the downside, she will no doubt be embroiled in endless slogging between Republicans and Democrats over the budget. Neat factoid: The new job will reunite Burwell with Jack Lew, who worked as Clinton's budget chief and is now treasury secretary under Obama. If Burwell gets the position, she will will replace acting budget director Jeffrey Zients.

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Mar 5, 2013 6:52 AM CST
Out source the job to China?
Mar 5, 2013 3:57 AM CST
Hell someone needs to be chief...we have not had a Budget pass the Senate (Harry Reid has several PASSED house budgets sitting on his desk waiting for an up or down vote...which Reid refuses to let happen) since the original Ipad went to market!
Mar 4, 2013 2:04 PM CST
She better hurry up and put some distance between herself and that shitebag Wal-Mart outfit or her reputation will be ruined before she even starts. I'm a liberal but this is just too much, cant O find somebody with better credentials than this? The only way I would be seen shopping at Walmart is with a bag over my head.