Yellen’s nomination as treasury secretary advances in Senate

Erwin Oropesa

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of Janet Yellen to be the nation’s 78th treasury secretary on Friday, setting up a final vote that would make her the first woman to hold the job.

The Finance Committee approved her nomination on a 26-0 vote. The administration is urging a quick confirmation vote in the full Senate, saying it’s critical to get the top member of Biden’s economic team in place as the Democratic president seeks to win approval of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the incoming chair of the Finance Committee, said he hoped to get Yellen’s nomination approved by the full Senate later Friday, but the vote was not scheduled. It could happen as soon as Monday.

Republicans on the committee said they had a number of policy disagreements with Yellen and the Biden administration in

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