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05/21/2014 02:27 pm ET Updated Jul 21, 2014

Senate Finance Panel Approves Sylvia Mathews Burwell As Health Secretary

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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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