U.S. Senate finance panel approves Burwell as health secretary

WASHINGTON Wed May 21, 2014 2:27pm EDT

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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)