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Senate Confirms Geithner to Head Treasury

Last updated: 07/31/2020 08:00 | 01/27/2009 02:49
Rian Mcconnell

But not without opposition from a handful of Democrats.

Sens. Tom Harkin (Iowa), Robert Byrd (W.V.) and Russ Feingold (Wis.) — as well as independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) — all voted against Timothy Geithner, President Obama’s pick to head the Treasury Department.

Geithner became the subject of scrutiny earlier this month when it was revealed that the man who would head the IRS had failed to pay roughly $34,000 in payroll taxes while working overseas earlier this decade.

The USA Today reports that, for some Democrats, the episode was just one reason to oppose the nominee:

“I cannot vote to promote Mr. Geithner,” Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said, after listing a number of mistakes he believes Geithner has made as president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank during what has become one of the nation’s most serious financial and economic crises in decades. “I want a Treasury secretary who’s going to start banging some heads,” Harkin added, after saying he believes Geithner has not shown he’s willing to hard enough on the executives who run some of the biggest banks and brokerages.

In the end, those sentiments didn’t win the day. The final vote was 60 to 34.

Rian Mcconnell | Rian is a Villanova University graduate who was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a medical degree. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson and its associated Wills Eye Hospital, and he finished his education with fellowships in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of Connecticut. He has a vast experience in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive procedures. He serves on the board of Vision Health International, an agency that provides eye care and surgery to indigent patients in Central and South America, in addition to his surgical practice.


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