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Sen. Mark Warner Announces Opposition to Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary


Very glad to see this; time for Dems to oppose ALL of Trump’s horrendous cabinet picks…not to mention Supreme Court pick!


WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today released the below statement in opposition to confirming Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury. The Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a markup on the nomination this evening.

“As the President’s principal economic adviser, the position of Treasury Secretary holds a special significance.  The Treasury Department must ensure America’s debts are paid, strengthen our role as a global economic power, and oversee policies which are very important to America’s economic and national security.

“Based on Mr. Mnuchin’s record, my meeting with him, his answers during the Senate Finance hearing and follow-on questioning, I am unable to support his nomination to serve as Treasury Secretary.

“Throughout the confirmation process, Mr. Mnuchin has failed to adequately demonstrate that he will be a forceful advocate for innovative policies that will make the U.S. economy work better for the majority of Americans. I also am not convinced that he is committed to robust enforcement of Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms, which are intended to protect taxpayers from the sort of irresponsible behavior that triggered the 2008 financial crisis.

“Further, I am concerned by Mr. Mnuchin’s lack of understanding of the critical role the Treasury Department plays in both crafting and implementing economic sanctions, and his focus on using an unproven scoring method to pay for tax cuts.”

“Given these concerns, I have determined that Mr. Mnuchin is not the right candidate to serve as Secretary of the Treasury, and I will vote against his nomination.”

Sen. Warner is a member of the Senate Finance, Budget, and Banking Committees, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

  • Good!


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the nominations of Dr. Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Congressman Mick Mulvaney to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):

    “I will oppose Dr. Ben Carson’s nomination. As a former mayor, I know how critical the success of HUD can be for our work to reduce the impact of urban poverty in Richmond and other cities. Putting someone in charge with zero experience in housing policy or urban development sends a message that the Department’s work is a low priority. I strongly object to this. I was a fair housing lawyer for 17 years, and HUD’s work in the field is absolutely essential. Dr. Carson has in the past criticized the Department’s work in this area as ‘failed socialism’ and ‘mandated social engineering.’ That causes me grave concern over his commitment to addressing this serious issue.

    “At his confirmation hearing, Dr. Carson suggested that HUD’s budget should be cut at a time when only one in four families eligible for federal housing assistance gets the help they need. I am also concerned about the lack of a clear and strong commitment by Dr. Carson to preventing conflicts of interest between HUD and President Trump’s finances, which include an investment in a public housing complex.

    “Dr. Carson is an accomplished physician. Had he been nominated for Surgeon General or another key position that took advantage of his medical qualifications, this would be a different matter. But just as some positions demand medical expertise, HUD deserves a leader who embraces the Department’s mission and possesses the skills needed to run the nation’s largest housing and community development programs.

    “I will oppose Congressman Mick Mulvaney’s nomination to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget. I am troubled by his continued opposition to bipartisan budget efforts to roll back the harmful effects of sequestration, even when such cuts have threatened our national security. Congressman Mulvaney also has no qualms about using the full faith and credit of the United States as ‘leverage’ in achieving draconian budget policies, despite the fact that such debt ceiling showdowns have hurt our economy and our nation’s credit rating while costing taxpayers money. Finally, Congressman Mulvaney has a record of support for policies that unfairly target federal employees, which will do nothing improve government performance or efficiency.

    “At his confirmation hearing, his unwillingness to admit climate change is an urgent problem also proved to me that he would be unable to put his ideology aside as head of OMB. For all these reasons, I will oppose his nomination.”

  • And just when I was happy with Mark Warner over Mnuchin, he pulls this crap on Tillerson. Ugh.