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Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and David Shulkin to the VA


The Senate voted Monday night to confirm Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and David Shulkin as secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The Senate first confirmed Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary in a narrow, mostly party-line vote of 53-47. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined Republicans in voting to confirm Mnuchin. 

Republicans said his long tenure in finance makes him qualified to run the department. 

"He has experience managing large and complicated private-sector enterprises and in negotiating difficult compromises and making tough decisions and being accountable for those decisions," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). 

Mnuchin is a former top executive at Goldman Sachs and served as Trump's finance chairman during his 2016 presidential campaign. 

Many Democrats opposed his confirmation, saying Mnuchin ran a "foreclosure machine" when he headed OneWest Bank. 

"Mnuchin falsely stated that under his leadership, mortgage lender OneWest didn’t use robo-signing procedures to foreclose on American families," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement. "His lack of candor about OneWest’s actions is quite troubling. No state was hit harder by the foreclosure crisis than California." 

Shulkin, a former Obama administration official, was confirmed in a 100-0 vote.

Now, all eyes are on Labor nominee Andrew Puzder, whose confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday. His nomination is likely to face strong objections as well.

CNN reports that Democrats called for his removal as a nominee after he admitted to hiring an undocumented worker to do housework for him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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