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. Mari

    ANY ONE CAN MAKE A MISTAKE! The Tax Laws of our Nation are very difficult, its easy for the critics to criticize BUT could YOU do better?!

    Honestly, the vitriolic ongoing criticism and complaining by the far-right in these blogs is disturbing and outright sick.

    We the "left" did not start to bully Bush until he ......lied.

    January 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Ernie in LA

    Whenever things like this are done, there are dealings under the table that we will never know about. It's called politics.

    January 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Maddie

    This is good.
    Even though he made a mistake, a mistake he corrected, he is the best man for the job.

    January 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Sammy

    What a joke. If he's the best man for the job, I think we're in big trouble. Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen. Will there also be forgiveness of penalties for the rest of us when we make these "little" mistakes?

    January 22, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Dave

    Well Paulson and Greenspan paid there taxes and what good did that do us? Give the man a chance!

    January 22, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Veridico

    The whole country is watching; if endorsed, his confirmation will be served as a standard by which Mr. Obama will be judged in future.

    January 22, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. karen-Phoenix

    CONFIRM HIM AND CONFIRM ERIC HOLDER!!!! NOW!!! Congress have you not heard the American people??? Get on with business–NOW!!!!!

    January 22, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Paul

    Once again we put a fox in the henhouse. He admits no responsibility for anything including his part in getting us in to the mess we are in. No change – reward the guilty.

    January 22, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. molly

    Oh boy! I never have to pay taxes again. I can just say I'm sorry and cite Geithner as a precedent and all will be forgiven.

    January 22, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    What's interesting is that Obama talks about transparency yet his transition team ordered Geithner to pay back the taxes the day before they announed his name for nomination. They then asked a Senate committee to keep quiet on the matter. I heard this on Lou Dobbs last week. I haven't heard any other anchor on CNN talk about this. The love affair continues....

    January 22, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. texan

    Washington Law – When caught, act embarrased, apologize, accept forgiveness, promise to do better.----- All is then forgiven. - What a load of CRAP -

    January 22, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. worriedmom

    Why do we even try to voice our discontent. Washington bigwigs are not listening to us. I find it hard to believe in the United States there is not another man or woman that can do the job just as well as Geithner. This is not a good example of "change" and honesty. I feel certain he would not have paid the back taxes had it not been that he was going to be nominated. Sometimes I feel like just giving up voicing my opionion because it doesnt seem to make a difference! But I will keep trying!!!

    January 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. suzi

    If the president wants transparency and law to rule his administration, he should not have pointed this guy on that position. I want to belive in CHANGE but when I hear things like this ........ how could I have the trust how things will go ???????? It is not a small mistake for Geinther. I do not buy it for a second. This is very disapointed!

    January 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Laverne

    To Jenn: There is a difference in cheating on your taxes and not paying your taxes. To cheat is to decieve by trickery or to mislead deliberately. Even though he should have been on top of his tax situation, he did not cheat on this taxes and that does make the situation different as far as I am concerned. There is no use in prolonging this when he is going to be confirmed anyway!

    January 22, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Wally

    A glaring Dem double standard...

    If Geitner, who obviously lacks a great deal of integrity, is our best hope, we are all in deep, deep trouble.

    Can't you Dems find someone without baggage for this job??

    January 22, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Phoebe

    Outrageous....Obama's entire cabinet carries so much baggage and bad judgment it is ridiculous. No way should this man be named to this cabinet position. "Jenn" is absolutely correct, he will now have to fire himself.

    America deserves better that borderline criminals and Clinton re-dos. This is NOT CHANGE. This is more of the same.

    January 22, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Steve

    This is supposed to be the "one guy" who is so smart that he is the only person who can rescue our economy? The only accident here is that someone found out his tax "mistake". He should pull a "Caroline Kennedy" right now!

    January 22, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Steve G

    Mistakes aside all the experts still feel he is the smartest person for the job. Dont you want that in this time of crisis.
    In the last 8 years you have not seen the smartest person picked so yes this is a change.

    January 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |

    NO, No, No. We should NOT reward Americans for being Crooked!
    That was how the Bush administration operated!!!!!!!

    Get someone honest. I sure there are a few honest intelligent people
    out there. OR, ARE THERE!!!!! They all have their eye on the $$$$$$$'s

    Giving "medals for crookedness is not cool"!!!!!!!

    MONEY, from NO BID CONTRACTS in Iraq??????

    Obama will be too busy to get these crooks, but can we promote
    a new position for a honest lawyer who can????

    January 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Larry C. in Houston TX

    unbelieveable.......he wanted to see if he could "get by" without paying His Taxes............since that is the case, he should not be the guy for that position, period.....there are a lot of other people with the same credentials as he has...

    January 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    This is but the first of many many weak-kneed and corrupt liberal endorsements we will see over the next four years. No wonder Congress has such a low approval rating. Yes....change we can believe in!

    January 22, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. bj, Texas

    Geithner is a lying cheat and should be arrested, fined and thrown in jail. Oh wait a minute, he's democrat. Nevermind, he is an honest, caring man who made a tiny mistake. Let's all forgive him.

    January 22, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Marilyn

    A man who doesn't pay his taxes should not even be considered for the job of Treasury Secretary. This is a no-brainer!

    CNN, why don't you just put a warning at the top of the ticker saying, "If you are not an Obama supporter, your comments will not be posted." ?

    January 22, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. susie

    Obama is giving more pardons than Bush has over the 8 years.

    January 22, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Get over it, as a country we must all move forward.

    January 22, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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