January 22nd, 2009
11:33 AM ET
4 years 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. JW

    Maybe these days not paying your taxes is not a serious offence.
    If he can get away with it, so can others.............
    It is called leading by example.

    January 22, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |

    Is he the ONLY person for the job? This boggles my little mind... how someone who doesn't pay the taxes owing (until he is appointed ) can be Secretary of the Treasury. If I don't pay my taxes, is the IRS going to accept "it was a simple mistake" 5 years after the fact?? This is simply UNBELIEVABLE

    January 22, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Matt

    Now confirm him so he can get down to business.

    However, note: While I think he should be confirmed despite his tax flubs, those mistakes in his past were certainly more legitimately a subject of concern than the subject of Clinton's chopice of who to pardon or grant clemency while Holder was Deputy Attorney General. I think we all know why Holder is getting the shaft while Geithner's hearing isn't getting stalled.

    January 22, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. President Barack Obama

    Why are there sooooo many foolish PEONS that think they can tarnish President Obamas Presidency by submitting there FOOLISH opinions in these blogs. Look miserable people "Change We Can Belive In" doesn't mean that he can control what someone does in there private life. President Obama has already spoken out about not holding every little mistakes that someone make in there life a deterrent from holding a position in his cabinet. GET A LIFE YOU CLOWNS.

    It's been looonngg time coming .......CHANGE Gone Come!!!

    January 22, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Janey

    the beginning of many "no big deal" left-wing political mistakes and atrocities.

    January 22, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. carolflowery

    well, heck, then i think i will cheat on my taxes too

    January 22, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Pat


    All I can figure is that all candiates that could fill this position must be corrupt and he is the least corrupt of the bunch. Why else would the committee approve.

    January 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. KC

    Not happy with this one. But then Congress and Senate don't really care about the American citizens who put them on their power trips. All they care about is appeasing the "soft money" groups that bought them them seats. I think we have the most crooked, selfish, egotistical bunch of politicians on the Hill that we have ever had and I see this country going down the tubes fast.

    January 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Kathy

    BB and Jenn – He PAID his taxes with interest!!!

    Do try to keep up instead of just repeating what the talking heads at Faux News report!!!

    January 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Walt from Canada

    I fail to full understand why the great uprising over a mistake that a million of U S citizens make all the time. Where was this level of scrutiny when Cheney was confirmed as VP and was still getting a salary from Halliburton and Halliburton getting contracts from The government for millions of dollars: Shame : Shame: Shame::

    January 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Alex Winter

    Geithner is an excellent pick for this position.

    January 22, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Citizen from NY

    If Geithner apologized one more time to the committee, I would have sworn he was BEGGING for this job! I don't trust this guy and Obama could have found somebody better.

    January 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Can't we do better than a tax cheat to head tha IRS?

    January 22, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |

    When, WE, don't pay our taxes we go to jail! This one, gets a great
    job. Please, don't tell me NO ONE else is qualified.

    I voted for Obama, but honesty and integrity mean a lot!. They let
    the rich crooks get away with anything.

    January 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Jerry

    The first example of new change. Close the terrorist prison and give the tax evader a top job. Whew, boy. Fasten your seat belts.

    January 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Agnes Dugan

    I can't beleive we have to accept a flawed treasury secretary.

    January 22, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |

    Not much different than Blogovich. Thievery is Thievery no matter
    how you done it!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Kurt C.

    Culture of Corruption indeed.

    January 22, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Lee

    READ posters, he paid his taxes; LATE; but he paid them and all the penalties unliike some politicians. He did not CHEAT on his taxes, he probably doesn't even do his own taxes; so stop your whinning and pray that he comes in and gets rid of some of the stupid tax rules.

    January 22, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. C


    January 22, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. jaye

    Tax cuts are not the answer – and has been proven the past 8 years.
    Our states and our government are going broke and more tax cuts will make the problem worse.
    Bush tax cuts have been a waste and a detriment – they did not work, and more will not work.
    The republicans have nothing to offer but more tax cuts (totally stupid) and will not be satisfied until our country is completely bankrupt. They'll do anything to get back in office.
    Don't listen to their rhethoric.

    January 22, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Darth

    Robin: i suppose you would rather have the moron that helped create this financial mess in the job along with the moron that appointed him.

    January 22, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Michelle from DA Bronx

    This is an outrage, out of the 300 plus million people that live in the US, they could not find ONE Qualified person that actually pays their taxes considering that this man is to head up the IRS, give me a break. So much for Obama's ethics and morals in his administration.
    Yet another joke on the American people and we like fools that we are will accept it. We need a viable 3rd political party in this county.

    January 22, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Cliff

    Just shows you that Joe Public has a different standard to go by than the "crooks" in D.C.
    And, guess what? If you want to know the one to blame just look in the mirror.
    Finestein should be the first to go for "pusing" for this guy as well as the closing of Gitmo. She can take Palosi with her as she exits!

    January 22, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. dan

    Apparently we dont need to pay our taxes until we get caught then we can just apologize and say we made a mistake.

    January 22, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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