SEC Nominee Faces Senate Panel In Confirmation Hearing

President Obama's pick to head the Securities and Exchange Commission faces the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday. Mary Jo White released prepared testimony Monday, in which she pledges to beef up enforcement efforts, citing her experience as a New York prosecutor. But some critics point to her more recent work, in which she defended some high-profile Wall Street names.

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MONTAGNE: This morning, President Obama's pick to head the Securities and Exchange Commission is in front of the Senate Banking Committee. Mary Jo White released prepared testimony yesterday, giving a glimpse of what she'll address during her confirmation hearing. She pledges to beef up enforcement efforts, citing her experience as a New York prosecutor. Some critics, though, point to her more recent defense work, in which she defended some high-profile Wall Street names.

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