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By a vote of 78 for and 17 against, the Senate on June 5 confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, where she will oversee the Affordable Care Act as well as health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Burwell, 48, had been director of the Office of Management and Budget, president of the Walmart Foundation and head of global development programs for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., said: “More people are being enrolled in the Affordable Care Act than what was expected. Over the last six months alone, the rate of uninsured individuals in this country has come down by 20 percent. Medical inflation is at a near-term historic low. (Burwell) will have a lot of work to do to continue to perfect this law.”

John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said that for every person helped by the Affordable Care Act, “There are as many who have been hurt through higher premiums, higher copays, loss of their doctor, can’t go to their hospital — all of those things — plus, at the expense of significant amounts of taxpayer money wasted.”

A yes vote was to confirm Burwell


SHARON BOWEN, FINANCIAL REGULATOR: By a vote of 48 for and 46 against, the Senate on June 3 confirmed Sharon Y. Bowen, a securities attorney, as a commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The CFTC is charged with regulating the $600 trillion derivatives industry to guard against fraudulent and abusive practices on Wall Street such as those that helped cause the 2008 financial collapse.


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The agency says its mission is “to foster transparent, open, competitive and financially sound markets” for both futures and swaps transactions.

A yes vote was to confirm Bowen as a regulator of derivatives markets.


KEITH HARPER, HUMAN RIGHTS AMBASSADOR: Voting 52 for and 42 against, the Senate on June 3 confirmed Keith M. Harper, a lawyer in private practice and prolific campaign fundraiser for President Obama, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

A member of the Cherokee nation, Harper becomes the first Native American to hold the rank of ambassador.

A yes vote was to confirm Harper for the U.N. position.