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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Wal-Mart’s Sylvia Mathews Burwell as his next budget chief, thrusting her into the center of Washington’s heated partisan budget battles.

Obama announced Burwell’s selection to lead the Office of Management and Budget during a White House ceremony, noting that her appointment comes as government-wide spending cuts are going into effect that he said mean “eventually a lot of people are going to feel some pain.” The White House and congressional Republicans were unable to reach a deal to avert the cuts ahead of last Friday’s deadline.

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