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Senate Finance Panel Approves Sylvia Mathews Burwell As Health Secretary

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell waits for the beginning of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health Committee May 8, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Burwell will succeed Kathleen Sebelius to become the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) | Alex Wong via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as U.S. health secretary.

The 21-3 decision, with three Republican lawmakers voting 'no,' sends Burwell's nomination to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote that could come after lawmakers return from a one-week break for the U.S. Memorial Day holiday, which begins on Monday. (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Bill Trott)

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