In a 71-26 vote, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jack LewJack LewWhite House divide may derail needed China trade reform 3 unconventional ways Trump can tackle the national debt One year later, the Iran nuclear deal is a success by any measure MORE to serve as the next Treasury secretary.

Twenty Republicans voted for Lew, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: FBI's investigation of wife won’t be a ‘distraction’ Are Democrats trying to pin the blame for their own sins on Russia? GOP vows to use Pelosi against Democrats in 2018 MORE (I-Vt.) broke with Democrats and opposed Lew's nomination. 

Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Mark BegichMark BegichPerez creates advisory team for DNC transition The future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (Alaska) and Mark UdallMark UdallDemocratic primary could upend bid for Colorado seat Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Gorsuch's critics, running out of arguments, falsely scream 'sexist' MORE (Colo.) missed the vote. 

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Sanders said he voted against Lew because he wouldn’t stand up against Wall Street to protect working families.

“Is the new Secretary of Treasury prepared to take on the increasingly powerful oligarchy ... and stand with the working families of this nation who are being beaten up everyday?” Sanders said. “I do not think Jack Lew is that person.”

Lew, who previously served as Obama's chief of staff and budget director, will succeed Tim Geithner, who left the administration earlier this year. 

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusLawmakers: Leave advertising tax break alone GOP: FBI firing won't slow agenda White House tax-reform push is ‘game changer,’ says ex-chairman MORE (D-Mont.) urged his colleagues to support Lew’s nomination and vowed he would work with Congress.

“We need a strong man at the helm to help tackle the many fiscal challenges facing this nation and I believe Jack Lew is that man,” Baucus said. “He is eager to work with all of us here in Congress to strengthen the American economy.”

Lew's nomination was never really in doubt, though questions were raised about his previous work for Citigroup and for compensation he received from New York University. He was approved earlier this week by the Senate Finance Committee in a 19-5 vote. 

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchTime to get Trump’s new antitrust cop on the beat Live coverage: Senate GOP unveils its ObamaCare repeal bill Grassley doesn't see how Judiciary 'can avoid' obstruction probe MORE (R-Utah), that panel's ranking member, voted for Lew on Wednesday and said he believed Obama had the right to choose his cabinet members despite Hatch's reservations about Lew. 

"I am bending over backwards to show deference to the president’s nomination and I hope that doesn’t go unnoticed," Hatch said.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate panel questions Lynch on alleged FBI interference The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP senator surprises top Dem with birthday cake MORE (R-Iowa) voted against Lew, and said he was unsatisfied with Lew's answers about his compensation and a Cayman Island account. 

“Transparency and sunlight are essential for Congress and the American people because sunshine demands accountability,” Grassley said. “It is important to hold members of this administration to the same standard that they hold against everyone else.”

But Baucus countered that Lew answered more than 700 question from the Finance Committee. 

Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsJustice Department developing strategies to shut down ‘sanctuary cities’: report Sally Yates slams Sessions on criminal justice reform Preet Bharara emailed DOJ about phone call from Trump: report MORE (R-Ala.) said he objected to Lew’s nomination because he thought Lew did a poor job of leading the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and frequently misrepresented Obama’s budgets.

“My objections come from his running the Office of Management of Budget, which is normally the single office that demands efficiency,” Sessions said ahead of the vote Wednesday. “In that aspect of his job I’ve seen little leadership and at this time of surging debt I would rate that performance as an F. … If the OMB director won’t insist on efficiency and good government, who will?”

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