2014-05-21T183626Z_1_CBREA4K1FOY00_RTROPTP_2_USA-HEALTHCARE-OBAMA

Senate panel backs Burwell's nomination for U.S. health secretary

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 HouseThe Senate Finance Committee easily approved the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as U.S. health secretary on Wednesday, sending her candidacy to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote. In a show of congressional bipartisanship, eight Republican lawmakers joined 13 Democrats to back President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and oversee its implementation of Obamacare, Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. Three Republicans opposed the nomination: Pat Roberts of Kansas, John Cornyn of Texas and John Thune of South Dakota. Burwell, a 48-year-old technocrat known for being able to work with Democrats and Republicans in Congress, is also expected to see a smooth confirmation following two cordial Senate confirmation hearings.

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