Senate committee approves Geithner

Despite concerns over his taxes, Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner's nomination will now move to the full Senate.

By Alex Koppelman

Published January 22, 2009 5:25PM (EST)

Timothy Geithner didn't have an easy day Wednesday; the Treasury secretary-designate had a rough confirmation hearing, as Republicans pressed him on his failure to pay self-employment taxes when they were due. But his nomination will now go to the full Senate for a vote anyway.

The Senate Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of Geithner Thursday morning. 18 Senators backed his nomination, while only five -- all Republicans -- voted against him. The no votes came from Iowa's Charles Grassley, the committee's ranking member, Kentucky's Jim Bunning, Wyoming's Michael Enzi, Arizona's Jon Kyl and Kansas' Pat Roberts.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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