WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's nominee to be health secretary is facing questions from a key Republican senator about the health care law.

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama's nominee to be health secretary is facing questions from a key Republican senator about the health care law.

But Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah says he believes that Sylvia Mathews Burwell the current White House budget director is qualified for the job.

Burwell is appearing before the Senate Finance Committee. She testified last week before a different Senate committee.

A vote on the nomination could come later this month.

There were some expectations that Burwell's hearings could turn into an election-year test of the health law. But her Senate appearance last week was cordial.

Hatch says he has questions about the millions of public dollars spent on health law sign-up websites in Oregon, Maryland and elsewhere that have become high-profile disasters.