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. 

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"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 RischJim RischOvernight Cybersecurity: Mueller impanels grand jury in Russia probe | Researcher who helped stop WannaCry attack detained | Audit finds OPM systems still at risk Overnight Finance: Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, rips Congress | Trump plan would cut legal immigration | Senate confirms labor board pick | House Budget chair running for governor | Regulator takes step to change 'Volcker Rule' Committee leaders: Tax reform should benefit small businesses 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."