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US Senate confirms Burwell as secretary of health

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3813 (Published 09 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3813
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

In a 78 to 17 vote, the US Senate Thursday confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. All the no votes were cast by Republicans, but 24 Republicans joined the majority voting for the nominee.

Burwell, 48, will replace outgoing Kathleen Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas who led the department during …

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