Senate confirms Pritzker for Commerce

June 25, 2013

Penny Pritzker (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The lone vote against her was cast by the Senate’s only democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

“We need a secretary of commerce who will represent the interests of working Americans and their families, not simply the interests of CEOs and large corporations,” Sanders said in a statement after the vote, adding that Pritzker was on the board of “one of the most anti-worker hotel chains in this country.”

Yesterday’s long-expected Senate action leaves three Obama Cabinet nominees pending, though Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, nominated for transportation secretary, may be confirmed later this week.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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