2014-06-04T163532Z_2_LYNXMPEA530PU_RTROPTP_2_USA-HEALTHCARE-OBAMA

U.S. Senate clears way for Burwell's health secretary confirmation

U.S. President Obama announces Director of the Office of Management and Budget Burwell as his nominee to replace outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White HouseThe U.S. Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for lawmakers to decide on Thursday whether to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as President Barack Obama’s new health secretary. Senators voted 67-28 to approve a procedural measure limiting debate on Burwell’s nomination to no more than 30 hours, allowing a final confirmation vote to move forward sometime on Thursday. A confirmation vote allowing Burwell to take over implementation of Obamacare from departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could help open a new chapter for Obama’s healthcare law just five months before November’s midterm congressional elections. Burwell, a skilled technocrat who is widely respected by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, had been serving as Obama’s budget director.

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