Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Baer is an “enjoyable person” in addition to being a great lawyer.

“This really is a merit appointment,” Lieberman said. “[Baer] is very widely acknowledged as one of the best anti-trust lawyers in the nation.”

Carol J. Galante was confirmed to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on a 69-24 vote.

Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonAmeriCorps hurricane heroes deserve a reward — don’t tax it Price’s job seen at risk after Trump slams private jet use Senate passes bipartisan Medicare reform bill MORE (R-Ga.) said he supported her nomination even though he doesn’t like parts of the Dodd-Frank Act and how it has affected the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

“I rise to say to any member if you have a problem with FHA, don’t take it out on Ms. Galante,” Isakson said Sunday before the vote on her confirmation.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said he did not support Galante’s nomination because he believed she had not done a good job as acting FHA commissioner.

“This nomination will have a direct effect on our constituent’s pocket books,” Shelby said. “In her role as acting FHA commissioner, she has failed. … FHA has a negative economy value and will likely need a tax payer bailout.”

Sen. Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonCourt ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting MORE (D-S.D.) said that “legacy loans” threatening FHA solvency were not Galante’s fault since the loans were made long before she started working there.