Dem: 'Probably a good thing' Sebelius is out


A Democratic senator said Sunday that it's "probably a good thing" that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mike Roman says 3M on track to deliver 2 billion respirators globally and 1 billion in US by end of year; US, Pfizer agree to 100M doses of COVID-19 vaccine that will be free to Americans The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former HHS Secretary Sebelius gives Trump administration a D in handling pandemic; Oxford, AstraZeneca report positive dual immunity results from early vaccine trial Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Kathleen Sebelius MORE is on her way out.


In an interview with "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) praised Sebelius for her six years at HHS, but suggested a "new face" would benefit the healthcare rollout.

"She gave a lot of good service to the president and to the country," Whitehouse said.

“She was there nearly six years in an extremely tough job, at a very consequential time through the whole healthcare bill, through the rollout with all its malfunctions. I think it probably is a good thing to have a new face going forward."

He added that President Obama's new HHS nominee, White House budget director Sylvia Matthews Burwell, is a "very good choice" and will bring a "strong set of credentials" to the role.