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Senate panel advances Trump's nominee to lead Small Business Administration

Senate panel advances Trump's nominee to lead Small Business Administration
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The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on Wednesday voted to advance President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE's nominee to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA).

The panel voted to approve Jovita Carranza's nomination in a bipartisan vote of 17-2. The only no votes were Sens. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyBiden expands on Obama ethics pledge Democrats shoot down McConnell's filibuster gambit Biden signs executive order invoking 2-year lobbying ban for appointees MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory BookerDemocrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Booker brings girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, to inauguration MORE (D-N.J.).

Carranza is currently the treasurer of the United States, a position in the Treasury Department that involves overseeing the department's Office of Consumer Policy and the U.S. Mint. She had served as deputy administrator of the SBA during former President George W. Bush's administration.

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During her confirmation hearing earlier this month, Carranza said that if she's confirmed, she plans to "put particular emphasis on opening more doors for women and for entrepreneurs in underserved communities, including military families and veterans." She also said that she plans to prioritize disaster preparedness.

Trump's first SBA administrator, Linda McMahonLinda Marie McMahonApril's dumbest and most dangerous coronavirus declarations Trump convenes sports commissioners in hopes of filling stadiums Senate confirms Trump pick for small business chief MORE, stepped down earlier this year to take a job with a political group supporting the president's reelection campaign. The SBA is currently being led by acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton.

The leaders of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee were positive about the vote.

“I congratulate Ms. Carranza on being favorably reported to the Senate floor," Committee Chairman Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSchumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot Rubio reintroduces amendment to block court packing MORE (R-Fla.) said in a statement. "If confirmed, I look forward to working collaboratively with her to modernize the SBA, optimize the agency’s programs, and increase interagency coordination."

The top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel Senators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal Democrats float 14th Amendment to bar Trump from office MORE (Md.), said that he looks forward "to working with Treasurer Carranza to empower America’s entrepreneurs so they can build successful businesses and create jobs.”