A key Senate committee Tuesday cleared US
President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as treasury secretary.
Jack Lew was approved by the Senate Finance Committee 19-5 and will next face a confirmation vote by the full Senate, which is expected to be later this week.
Obama is reshuffling his cabinet at the start of his second term in office, with new faces at the State Department, Defence Department and elsewhere.
Defence secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has run into stiff opposition from Republicans, who blocked a vote to proceed on his confirmation earlier this month.
Lew, a long-time Washington insider, would succeed first-term treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, who left office on January 26.
Lew, 57, has been Obama's chief of staff since January 2012. He previously served as chief of the White House Office of Management and Budget under both Obama from 2010-12 and under president Bill Clinton from 1998-2001.
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