President Barack Obama's former chief of staff Jack Lew was confirmed as the next US Treasury secretary, taking over a key portfolio at a time of deadlock over the budget and debt.
Former White House chief of staff Jack Lew testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on his nomination to be treasury secretary on February 13, 2013 in in Washington, DC. Lew was confirmed Wednesday as treasury secretary, taking over a key portfolio at a time of deadlock over the budget and debt.
The US Senate voted 71-26 -- with support from 20 Republicans -- to confirm Lew, a former White House budget director and Wall Street executive, providing Obama with a second new cabinet appointment approval in as many days.
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