Obama Nominates Walmart Executive as New Budget Director

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David Jackson, USA Today

President Obama nominates a new budget director Monday, just in time to deal with massive budget cuts involved in the sequester.

Obama has tapped Walmart executive and former Bill Clinton budget official Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The Burwell nomination comes just days after the onset of the sequester, $85 billion in budget cuts over the next seven months.

The cuts affect both domestic and national defense programs.

Burwell, who currently runs the Walmart Foundation, served as deputy budget director from 1998 to early 2001 during the Clinton administration.

"She was one of the principal architects of a series of budget plans that produced a budget surplus, proving her ability to navigate the intricacies of the budget process and to work in a bipartisan way to produce results," said a White House statement.

If confirmed by the Senate, Burwell would replace acting OMB director Jeffrey Zients.

The nomination is set for 10:15 a.m.

Obama also figures to discuss the sequester during a Cabinet meeting set for 1 p.m.

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