Senate confirms Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary

The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen to be treasury secretary on Monday in a strong bipartisan 84-15 vote, making Yellen the first woman to lead the Treasury.

There was little doubt of Yellen’s confirmation after she received a unanimous vote from the Senate Finance Committee following her confirmation hearing. Even Republican senators who expressed concerns over some of the Biden administration’s anticipated policies, including raising taxes on corporations, emphasized a need for bipartisan action to address the coronavirus pandemic.

“While Dr. Yellen and I have numerous and significant differences of opinion on economic policy, I have no doubts regarding her integrity or technical expertise,” said Pennsylvania Sen.
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