Reid: Senate Will Vote on Geithner Monday

Posted January 22, 2009 at 10:51am

Updated: 7:47 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday evening that the Senate will vote on Timothy Geithner’s nomination to serve as Treasury Secretary on Monday.

Geithner’s nomination cleared the Finance Committee Thursday by an 18-5 margin, with the only ‘no’ votes coming from Republicans.

Voting against the nomination were Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and GOP Sens. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Jim Bunning (Ky.), Pat Roberts (Kan.) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.).

President Barack Obama’s Treasury pick has been criticized for only recently paying some $40,000 in back taxes he owed for underpayment of his self-employment tax while he worked for the International Monetary Fund earlier in the decade.

Despite some opposition to his confirmation, most Democrats — and even some Republicans — have hailed Geithner’s qualifications.

Even Kyl, who voted against him and grilled the nominee during Wednesday’s hearing, maintained that the outgoing head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York would be “a good adviser” to Obama.

Geithner is expected to win full confirmation Monday night.