The US Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the appointment of Janet Yellen as Secretary of the Treasury, becoming the first woman to hold the portfolio.
The approval of the Finance Committee indicates that Yellen will easily win the approval of the full Senate.
Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, said late Friday that the enlarged House would vote on Monday on Yellen’s appointment, allowing her to immediately begin work on President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.
Members of the Finance Committee, evenly divided between the Republican and Democratic parties, approved Yellen’s nomination with 26 votes in favor, without a single objection.
Republican Senator Mike Crabaugh said after the vote, “I have very strong points of disagreement with Dr. Yellen on a number of positions, especially those related to tax policy, but she pledged to us that she would work with us.”
“And I think that the strong vote on our part to support it today is an indication that we want to participate,” he said.
Biden had approved a $ 1.9 trillion plan to mitigate the impact of Corona and pledged to invest $ 2 trillion in infrastructure, clean energy projects, education and research to boost the US competitiveness.