Obama's health secretary nominee faces May 8 Senate hearing

U.S. President Obama listens after nominating Director of the Office of Management and Budget Burwell to replace outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White HouseWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. health secretary, will appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee on May 8 for the first of two confirmation hearings, a committee official said on Monday. Burwell, who would replace outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius if confirmed by lawmakers, is also expected to testify later at a separate hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. But a date for those proceedings has not been set, a Democratic Senate aide said. …

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