Burwell Gets Committee Approval for HHS Job

Image: Senate Health Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing For Sylvia Burwell To Lead The Health And Human Services Dept.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell arrives before the Senate Health Committee on May 8. If confirmed, Burwell will succeed Kathleen Sebelius to become the next secretary of Health and Human Services.Alex Wong / Getty Images

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The Senate Finance Committee has voted overwhelmingly to approve Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination to be the nation's next health secretary.

The 21-to-3 vote sends her nomination to the full Senate, where Democrats hope it will be considered quickly.

Burwell, who's served as President Barack Obama's budget chief, would replace outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and assume responsibility for enactment of the new health law.

Despite expectations that Burwell's confirmation hearings would become an election-year trial of "Obamacare," there were no fireworks as Burwell won support from senators of both parties.

Voting against her Wednesday were Republican Sens. Pat Roberts, John Cornyn and John Thune.

-The Associated Press