Senate confirms Treasury nominee Geithner

His tax problems proved troublesome, but Timothy Geithner will be Treasury secretary after all; the Senate voted 60-34 in his favor.

Published January 26, 2009 11:40PM (EST)

It was closer than the administration might have liked, but the Senate has confirmed Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary, and he'll be sworn in Monday night, just over an hour after the vote occurred.

Tax problems hindered what was supposed to be smooth sailing for Geithner; ultimately, though, his confirmation passed 60-34. The votes in opposition came mostly from Republicans, but Democrats Tom Harkin, Robert Byrd and Russ Feingold also voted against, as did independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucuses with the Democrats.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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