January 22nd, 2009
11:33 AM ET
11 months ago

Senate Committee endorses Geithner for Treasury

Geithner has been approved by the Senate Finance Committee.
Geithner has been approved by the Senate Finance Committee.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Senate Finance Committee voted 18-5 Thursday to send the nomination of Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner to the full Senate.

Geithner apologized to the committee during his confirmation hearing Wednesday for his past failure to pay more than $34,000 in self-employment taxes between 2001 and 2004.


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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. aware

    Wisdom tops corrupt brains any day! :(

    January 22, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. demwit

    How will they excuse his future failures..., we didn't know??

    January 22, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Dont blame me

    This CROOK must not be allowed to run the Treasury department!!!!!

    Is this the NEW politics that Obama promised us????

    January 22, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Rick in WA

    What an example for our youth who decided that their vote would be for real change.

    January 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. demwit

    Right Mick, the wishy-washy media of the time…

    January 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Bobby

    It is such an easy argument to make, one that nobody can resist to make.

    If you don't pay your taxes, you should not be Treasury Secretary.

    No.

    Cut the crap, this doesn't disqualify him – it is merely a convenient argument people decide to make, not one they truly believe in. He paid his taxes back, it was not intentional.

    A totally vague argument against Geithner – there are others things we should worry about him like if he was in the room or if he contributed ideas that led to the financial bailouts of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac.

    He's going to get confirmed, and we have to have confidence in him.

    January 22, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Lee

    Chicago / Illinois politics at it's worst. Putting a TAX CHEAT in charge of the IRS. What next can we expect from the empty suited ONE????

    January 22, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Moses

    This guy can't pay his own taxes, so how in the world is he gonna make sure everyone else does ?????

    By the way I voted for Obama.

    January 22, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Dbie

    You have GOT to be kidding me.....

    We have a tax evader RUNNING THE IRS???

    And Obama is ok with this.
    Unreal. Simply unreal. I heard him say last weekend that this "wasn't a big deal", "it was a simple mistake", "tax code is difficult to understand". Uh. NO.

    Bad move. REALLY bad move. Even my 2nd grade son knows better than this!

    January 22, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. David

    While I think it's nice that some conservative blow-hards have learned to navigate this website, I'd like to remind you that T.G. is probably one of the most qualified people for this job.

    This is what we need. So, get over it.

    January 22, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. jm

    All I have to say is this:
    If it was a Republican, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE would be up in arms that the man who is supposed to run the TREASURY balked on paying his taxes for nearly a decade. Ok, so he paid them when it was caught, but please, this is hypocrisy at its best.
    If he "didn't realize," then he is unqualified to be Treasury Secretary.
    This is one appointment that should be fought.

    January 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Jim

    Just one of many things that will be shoved down the throats of the American people. As for this being an innocent mistake, hogwash. He even admitted that he figured his taxes in three of the years, then still did not set things right until it was clear that he would be named to head this post.

    Call your senators and voice your thoughts.

    January 22, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. JMO - AD USAF

    GREAT!!! I'm so glade this happened now I don't have to pay my taxes anymore. I can just say it was a little mistake. The Treasury did it and he is way more important then me so why can't I do it. Great change we don't hide the crooks; we put them in charge. Can't blame this on President Bush can you!!!

    January 22, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. daniel cabrera

    Are you kidding me?, of course Pres Obama is ok with this.

    PRES OBAMA COMES FROM THE CHICAGO CORRUPTED POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE AND THIS IS QUITE EVERYDAY THING FOR HIM.

    Does anybody thougth the was honest to the people all this time?......he-he-he he did not fooled me!

    WORST IS TO COME, PLEASE SIT DOWN!

    sincerely,
    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana

    January 22, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. alvino

    Pete-

    We are still waiting for "W" to take any responsibility for the last 8 years of incomptetence.

    January 22, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. dennis

    This is politics alright. This huy lied and did not pay for years and now hes in the treasury department.. These guys are idiots who put them in this position.

    January 22, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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