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The Senate cleared Steve Mnuchin to be President Trumpâ€™s Treasury secretary Monday evening, with one Democrat joining Republicans in approving the nomination.
The longtime Goldmanâ€™s executive was confirmed 53-47 and is expected to be sworn in later Monday night.
Democrats donâ€™t have the manpower to block Trumpâ€™s nominees on their own, but they signaled early on that Mnuchin would be a top target of opposition.
Theyâ€™re using the Senateâ€™s procedural rulebook to drag out debate on most Trumpâ€™s picks for days, arguing they deserve higher scrutiny because of their vast financial holdings and business ties. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only member of the caucus to help Mnuchin get over a procedural hurdle during an early Friday morning vote and the only Democrat to vote for final confirmation.
Progressives immediately pounced on Manchin's vote. Adam Green, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, warned the Democratic senatorâ€”who is up for reelectionâ€” that he will hear from his constituents over the vote.
"Manchin's vote will not just hurt millions of people -- it will hurt Democrats in 2018. Democrats in red states will lose badly in the 2018 general election if they don't excite voters by standing up to Wall Street and big-money interests with backbone," he said in a statement.
Top Democrats, including Schumer, criticized Mnuchin in a press conference shortly ahead of the vote.
"President Trump told Steve Mnuchin -- a Wall Street insider with decades of experience in that board room he described -- â€˜youâ€™re hired,â€™ as my Treasury Secretary no less,â€ Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Monday. â€œThatâ€™s a broken promise.