Burwell confirmation hearing set for next week

President Obama’s nominee to replace Kathleen Sebelius as head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will face the first of her two confirmation hearings next week, according to a Senate staffer.

Sylvia Matthews Burwell will appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) on May 8, a committee spokeswoman announced in an email.

{mosads}Burwell is also due before the Senate Finance Committee, though that hearing had not been scheduled as of Monday afternoon.

Burwell currently serves as the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Senate Democrats have the votes to approve her nomination, though that does not guarantee easy confirmation hearings for the budget official.

Sebelius will step down as HHS secretary once Burwell is confirmed. She oversaw the worst of ObamaCare’s rollout last fall and announced earlier this month that she would resign her post.

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