GOP senators have questioned Lew's private-sector experience with both Citigroup and New York University, and the former White House chief of staff's role in previous fiscal negotiations.
But Lew's nomination has not sparked the kind of criticism that another of President Obama's high-profile nominees, Chuck HagelChuck HagelWho will temper Trump after he takes office? Hagel: I’m ‘encouraged’ by Trump’s Russia outreach Want to 'drain the swamp'? Implement regular order MORE, has received. The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote Tuesday on Hagel's nomination for Defense secretary.
Democrats have said that Lew has been exceedingly transparent during his nomination process, and believe he should be confirmed without issue.
Obama nominated Lew to replace Timothy Geithner, who left the Treasury Department in January.
Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchSenate Finance panel to hold Price hearing next week Overnight Finance: Price puts stock trading law in spotlight | Lingering questions on Trump biz plan | Sanders, Education pick tangle over college costs Trump Treasury pick gets support from ex-mortgage assistance leader MORE (Utah), the ranking Republican on the Finance panel, declined to say Monday how he would vote on Lew's nomination.
But Hatch did say that, if Lew cleared the committee fairly easily on Tuesday, he didn't see any reason to slow walk the nomination.
"If he comes out of committee, I don't see any reason why anybody would want to continue to put it off," Hatch said. "I can't speak for all my colleagues. All I can say is, we'll see what happens in committee tomorrow."
Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSenate panel sets vote on Sessions for AG Dems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Trump’s marijuana options MORE (R-Ala.), perhaps the chamber's most vocal critic of Lew, continued to blast the nomination on Monday, saying Lew did not have the "gravitas" to be a good Treasury secretary.
But Sessions would not say whether he would push to delay a full Senate vote on the nomination.
This post was updated at 6:45 p.m.