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Obama's Health Secretary Nominee Faces May 8 Senate Hearing

Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathl
Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, smiles in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 11, 2014, where the president made the announcment. The moves come just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the so-called Obamacare law.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. health secretary, will appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee on May 8 for the first of two confirmation hearings, a committee official said on Monday.

Burwell, who would replace outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius if confirmed by lawmakers, is also expected to testify later at a separate hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. But a date for those proceedings has not been set, a Democratic Senate aide said.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Chris Reese)

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