Senate approves Lew as new Treasury chief; 71-26Submitted by SteveMT on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 21:48
Roll call vote (Yup, Rand voted with the majority.):
U.S. Senate approves Lew as new Treasury chief
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jack Lew as President Barack Obama's new Treasury secretary, putting the former White House chief of staff in the middle of a bitter political fight over the government's budget.
Senators backed Lew with a 71-26 vote. All of the chamber's 53 Democrats voted for him. Some Republicans had expressed misgivings about Lew's perks from previous employers Citigroup and New York University.
Lew's most pressing task will be to find a compromise to lessen the economic blow from $85 billion in government spending cuts that are set to kick in on Friday.