Senate panel approves McMahon to lead Small Business Administration

Senate panel approves McMahon to lead Small Business Administration
© Victoria Sarno Jordan

The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee voted Tuesday to approve former World Wrestling Entertainment head Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA).

The vote was 18-1, with the only "no" vote coming from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). The nomination now heads to the full Senate for a final vote. 

McMahon faced friendly questions from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle during her confirmation hearing last week. 

"It goes without saying that a nearly unanimous committee vote to approve her nomination shows that members from both sides of the aisle have great confidence that she is the right leader for the SBA," Sen. Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischSenate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump Overnight Health Care: FDA takes first step to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes | Trump's health chief backs official at center of abortion fight | Trump opioid plan will reportedly include death penalty for some drug dealers Idaho, Trump officials meet on state's controversial ObamaCare plan MORE (R-Idaho), chairman of the Small Business Committee, said in a release.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), the committee's top Democrat, said she was "pleased to hear that Mrs. McMahon will serve as a passionate advocate for small businesses and that she believes the SBA should continue as a cabinet-level, standalone agency."