After chiding him over failing to pay $34,000 in payroll taxes, the Senate Finance Committee this morning approved the nomination of Timothy Geithner, sending it to the full Senate for confirmation.
The vote was 18-5.
Geithner apologized to the committee Wednesday for his lapse on the taxes, which he has paid with interest. And committee members praised the New York Fed head's expertise and experience -- desperately needed to help President Obama on the economic recovery.
With Hillary Clinton in place at the State Department, Obama is now on the verge of having his two key aides on the job -- Clinton on foreign policy and Geithner on the domestic economy.
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