U.S. Senate to vote on Burwell as health chief this week

U.S. President Obama listens after nominating Director of the Office of Management and Budget Burwell to replace outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House
U.S. President Barack Obama listens after nominating Director of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell (R) to replace outgoing U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (not seen), during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's choice of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next U.S. health secretary will be debated in the Senate this week with votes expected on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a Senate Democratic aide.

On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on whether to limit debate on Burwell, who would replace outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

If a majority of the 100-member Senate votes to limit debate, a final vote on Burwell's confirmation likely would come on Thursday.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Doina Chiacu)