March 10, 2009 Some key figures in President Obama's administration are still waiting to be confirmed. Ron Kirk, the nominee for U.S. trade representative, could have faced questions about back taxes. But that was barely mentioned Monday night as the former Dallas mayor breezed through a 45 minute confirmation hearing. Senators were more interested in how the Obama administration plans to handle some controversial trade agreements.
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February 11, 2009 Democratic Rep. Hilda Solis of California seemed headed for confirmation as labor secretary, but a Senate committee put off a vote when it was revealed that her husband had unresolved tax issues with his business. Republican lawmakers also say they worry about her association with a pro-union organization. Republicans want more information. Democrats say it's time to vote.
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February 6, 2009 President Obama's choice for CIA director makes the clearest statement yet that the Obama administration will not prosecute CIA officers who participated in harsh interrogations that critics say crossed the line into torture. Panetta confirmed the policy in an interview with The Associated Press.
February 5, 2009 Committee members want more time to review documents after a report that Hilda Solis' husband paid more than $6,000 Wednesday to settle tax liens.
February 5, 2009 The former White House chief of staff and Democratic congressman told a Senate panel Thursday that he has asked former CIA chiefs, including former President George H.W. Bush, how to make up for his lack of experience in intelligence gathering.
February 3, 2009 Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has withdrawn as President Obama's choice to serve as secretary of health and human services, saying he didn't want to be a distraction to the new administration. Daschle recently revealed he had paid $140,000 in late taxes and penalties.
February 3, 2009 Nancy Killefer had failed to pay unemployment taxes on her household help for more than a year and had a lien put on her home, the District of Columbia says.
February 3, 2009 Tom Daschle, nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services, told the Senate Finance Committee on Monday that his delay in paying taxes was inadvertent, unintentional and inexcusable. Democratic members of the committee were quick to defend their former colleague.
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February 2, 2009 President Obama's pick wins the chamber's backing despite concerns over his role in the pardoning of a fugitive felon in the final days of the Clinton administration. Holder is the first African-American attorney general and the only black in Obama's Cabinet.
February 2, 2009 Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle, the president's pick to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, could face questions from senators after disclosures that he only recently paid $140,000 in back taxes and interest.
January 26, 2009 The 60-34 vote puts Timothy Geithner at the helm of Obama's plan to rescue the economy from the worst financial crisis in three generations. It also dislodges one of Obama's most troubled nominations.
January 22, 2009 Senators late Thursday elevated New York City Housing Commissioner Shaun Donovan to the helm of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and agreed to put former Illinois Rep. Ray LaHood, a Republican, atop the Transportation Department.
January 22, 2009 President Obama's pick for Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, began his confirmation hearing with an apology Wednesday. He told members of the Senate Finance Committee the tax questions that delayed his confirmation were the result of his own careless mistakes. But he added the mistakes were unintentional. The panel is expected to vote Thursday on his nomination.
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January 21, 2009 The Senate Finance Committee is expected to hear from Timothy Geithner Wednesday. He's President Obama's choice to be Treasury secretary. Geithner will have to explain how he missed paying $34,000 in payroll taxes when he was working at the International Monetary Fund. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with Steve Inskeep about what else might come up at the hearing.
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January 21, 2009 The Senate Finance Committee is expected to approve Timothy Geithner to be Treasury secretary after he apologized for failing to pay tens of thousands of dollars in taxes. Geithner is considered crucial to the new Obama administration in dealing with the global financial crisis.
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