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Another Step Forward in Burwell Nomination

Office/Sen. Jay Rockefeller

West Virginia native Sylvia Matthews Burwell's nomination to head the U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services took one more step forward Wednesday when the Senate Finance Committee approved her as Health and Human Services Secretary.

Burwell testified during a hearing before the committee on May 14, 2014, answering questions on topics like  the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid fraud and whether she'll be responsive to Senators when they have questions or concerns about HHS.

The committee approved the nomination by a vote of 21-3.

Republican Senators Pat Roberts of Kansas, John Cornyn of Texas and John Thune of South Dakota voted against the nomination, which will now go to the Senate floor.

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