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Posted: May 9, 2014 at 5:42 a.m.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, left, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services, is greeted by members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, from right, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairmanand, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the ranking member, as she arrives for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 8, 2014. Burwell has found favor with both Republicans and Democrats in her current role as the head of the Office of Management and Budget and would replace Kathleen Sebelius who resigned last month after presiding over the Affordable Care Act and its problematic rollout. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON -- Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of health and human services, plunged into a confirmation hearing Thursday with a strong endorsement from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.