On Monday evening, the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee Steve Mnuchin as the 77th U.S. Treasury Secretary. It came despite strong Democrat opposition.
BREAKING- Steve Mnuchin has been CONFIRMED by the U.S. Senate for Secretary of Treasury https://t.co/yzcYTZg4Xc
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) February 14, 2017
Back on Friday morning, a procedural vote was passed by the Senate, 53-46, with Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia being the only Democrat voting yes. It was the same day Tom Price was confirmed HHS Secretary.
Mnuchin became the tenth Trump nominee to be confirmed thus far. He replaces Jack Lew, who served from 2013 to 2017 under President Obama.
Top Democrats cite not standing up to Wall Street as one of the reasons opposing the confirmation. Others called him the “foreclosure king.”
There’s nothing in Steve Mnuchin’s record to suggest he could stand up to Wall Street – or that he’d even want to stand up to Wall Street.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 10, 2017
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) February 13, 2017
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 10, 2017
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) February 13, 2017
After graduating from Yale, Mnuchin began his career at Goldman Sachs, spending 17 years. He also served on Trump’s presidential campaign as national finance chairman.
Despite ten confirmations so far, this is still much lower than previous administrations because of the Democrats still playing partisan politics and delaying the process. However, the remaining nominees will get their votes anyway.
Below are remaining unconfirmed cabinet positions:
-Wilbur Ross, Dept. Commerce
-Sonny Perdue, Dept. of Agriculture
-Rick Perry, Dept. of Energy
-Ben Carson, Dept. HUD
-Ryan Zinke, Dept. Interior
-Andrew Puzder, Dept. of Labor
-Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator
-Mick Mulvaney, Director, Office of Management and Budget
I want to congratulate Mnuchin on his confirmation and wish him the best of luck. All of these nominees confirmed need our thoughts and prayers. They have large responsibilities that require high demand.
The full Senate vote for Veteran Affairs is scheduled to take place shortly after Mnuchin’s vote.
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