Senate Panel OKs Jack Lew

Treasury nominee now heads to full Senate

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 26, 2013 10:01 AM CST

(Newser) – The Senate Finance Committee has given Jack Lew its stamp of approval, pushing forward his semi-contentious nomination as secretary of the Treasury by a 19-5 vote, reports Politico. Max Baucus, the panel's Democrat chairman, said ahead of the vote that Lew had answered all questions "in a thorough and fully transparent manner" and had undergone a "thorough review." “Though I would have chosen a different person for this particular post, I intend to defer to President Obama with regard to the Lew nomination,” said the committee's top Republican, Orrin Hatch. Lew's nomination now heads to the full Senate; he would succeed Tim Geithner.

The Jack Lewp.
The Jack Lewp.   (AP Photo/The White House)
Jack Lew talks with Sen. Charles Schumer and former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
Jack Lew talks with Sen. Charles Schumer and former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Jack Lew, President Obama's choice for treasury secretary, testifies on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
Jack Lew, President Obama's choice for treasury secretary, testifies on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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