Early Friday morning, the Senate voted to advance President Trump’s nomination of Steve Mnuchin for treasury secretary.
The 53-46 vote occurred subsequent to Rep. Tom Price’s confirmation as Sec. of Health and Human Services.
A Democrat-led filibuster was originally initiated against Mnuchin’s confirmation hearings before the vote expedited the proceedings.
Before Mnuchin can receive a full Senate confirmation, a designated committee will be granted at least 30 hours for debate leading up to the final vote, which is scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13.
During the hearings, Democrats implemented a boycott via a committee vote over his nomination.
If confirmed by the Senate this week, Mnuchin will be the fourth approved nominee of Trump’s, following Attorney General Jeff Sessions, education secretary Betsy DeVos, and Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price.
Mnuchin is a Goldman Sachs banker and a Hollywood film producer. During the confirmation hearing, opposing Democrats raised issues about his financial dealings and his time as CEO of OneWest Bank, which has been accused of discrimination and unfair foreclosure practices.
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