The Senate confirmed that Jacob Lew can serve on various international monetary boards.
Treasury Secretary Lew was already confirmed to his post, but the Senate also has to vote to allow him to serve as the U.S. Governor of the International Monetary Fund, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidReid: Rubio should be sued over missed votes Reid backs House Puerto Rico bill McConnell pledges redo vote on Zika after break MORE (D-Nev.) said it was an “embarrassment” that the Senate hadn’t voted to allow Lew to perform his basic duties.
“It is an embarrassment that we haven’t acted more swiftly to confirm him in this role,” Reid said. “Yet the junior Senator from Kentucky has subjected this nomination to partisan wrangling.”
Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump flexes new digital muscle Republicans question Trump's trip to Scotland Hate TV customer service? So does your senator MORE (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that he would also put a hold on the nomination of Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve.
The Senate has been working all week on executive branch and judicial nominees. The Senate has already cleared the nominations of Tom Wheeler to head the Federal Communications Commission, Richard Griffin to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, Alan Estevez to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense and Katherine Archuleta to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
Reid said GOP obstruction has created a “backlog” of Obama nominees and vowed that the Senate would continue to work through some “critical” executive branch nominees this week. Votes on two more nominees are expected.