In a 71-26 vote, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jack LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewBipartisan bill would force Treasury to put Tubman on bill Top conservative rails against ‘clean’ debt limit increase Trump mocked Obama for three chiefs of staff in three years MORE to serve as the next Treasury secretary.

Twenty Republicans voted for Lew, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE (I-Vt.) broke with Democrats and opposed Lew's nomination. 

Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Mark BegichMark Peter 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 Sieben BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president 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 Grant HatchGOP eyes limits on investor tax break Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot 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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyRepublicans jockey for position on immigration House clears bill to combat crimes against elderly Grassley: DACA deal wouldn't need border wall funding 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 SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsIntel leaders: Collusion still open part of investigation Republicans jockey for position on immigration Biden to Alabama: No more extremist senators 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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