Senate panel considers nomination of Burwell to HHS

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing to confirm the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to be the next Health and Human Services Secretary.

Republicans are expected to grill Burwell on ObamaCare, a law they want to fully repeal.

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If confirmed, Burwell would oversee the law in her new position.

House Republicans have urged their Senate colleagues to place a hold on Burwell’s nomination.

“Sylvia Burwell’s nomination as Secretary of HHS should not be considered on the Senate floor until she agrees to treat all American people fairly under the Affordable Care Act,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.). “We ask our state’s Senators to stand with us in protecting Louisiana families from the harmful effects and penalties of the Affordable Care Act by using every tool available to them, including a ‘hold’ on Burwell’s nomination.”

Burwell has been serving the Obama administration by heading the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She will replace outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Details on this and other hearings follows:

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

- May 7, “2014 Farm Bill: Implementation and Next Steps”

9 a.m., 328A Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services

- May 6, “Military Compensation”

9:30 a.m., 216 Hart Senate Office Building

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

- May 7, “Drivers of Job Creation”

2:30 p.m., 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Budget

- May 6, “The President's Fiscal Year 2015 Education Budget Request”

10:30 a.m., 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation

- May 7, “Surface Transportation Reauthorization: Progress, Challenges, and Next Steps”

2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Senate Office Building

- May 8, “The State of U.S. Travel and Tourism: Industry Efforts to Attract 100 Million Visitors Annually”

10 a.m., 253 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Finance

- May 6, “New Routes for Funding and Financing Highways and Transit”

10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- May 8, “Nominations”

10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Foreign Relations

- May 6, “Ukraine — Countering Russian Intervention and Supporting a Democratic State”

3 p.m., 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- May 8, “Assessing Venezuela's Political Crisis: Human Rights Violations and Beyond”

10 a.m., 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

- May 8, “Nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Secretary of Health and Human Services”

10 a.m., 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

- May 8, “Identifying Critical Factors for Success in Information Technology Acquisitions”

10 a.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Indian Affairs

- May 7, “Legislative business”

2:30 p.m., 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Judiciary

-May 8, “Nominations”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building