The Latest: Senate confirms Mnuchin as treasury secretary

Treasury Secretary-designate Steve Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton, arrives for a church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, on Donald Trump's inauguration day. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s Cabinet confirmations (all times EST):

7:30 p.m.

The Senate has confirmed Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary despite complaints by Democrats that the former banker ran a “foreclosure machine” when he headed OneWest Bank.

The vote was 53-47 Monday night.

Republicans said Mnuchin’s long tenure in finance is an ample prerequisite for the Treasury job. Mnuchin is also a former top executive at Goldman Sachs.

Democrats complained that Mnuchin made much of his fortune by foreclosing on families during the financial crisis.

Mnuchin assembled a group to buy the failed IndyMac. He renamed it OneWest and turned it around, selling it for a profit in 2014.

Mnuchin has said he had worked hard during the financial crisis to assist homeowners with refinancing so they could remain in their homes.

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5:55 p.m.

Four Republicans on the Senate committee considering President Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary aren’t saying publicly if they will vote for him.

It would only take three Republicans to derail Andrew Puzder’s nomination in the full Senate if every Democrat votes against him.

The four senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have said they’re waiting for Puzder to answer questions at Thursday’s confirmation hearing before they make up their minds.

Collins on Monday also became the first Republican to say publicly that she is evaluating abuse accusations leveled three decades ago by Puzder’s ex-wife. Lisa Fierstein has since recanted, most recently writing to senators last month that the fast food executive was never violent.

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2 p.m.

Mitt Romney is urging the Senate to confirm fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary.

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee said on social media that Puzder “knows how hard Americans work, and how much that work means to them and their families.” He said the CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc. would help create jobs by rolling back burdensome regulations on businesses.

Puzder’s long-delayed confirmation hearing is set for Thursday.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is leading the argument against Puzder, saying he would side with businesses over workers from atop the agency charged with enforcing workplace protections. She also said he would have potential conflicts of interest despite his plan to divest from CKE.

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3:28 a.m.

The Senate is poised to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick for treasury secretary despite complaints by Democrats that the former banker failed to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures.

Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-chin) used to head OneWest Bank. He says he worked hard during the financial crisis to assist homeowners with refinancing so that they could remain in their homes.

Republicans say Mnuchin’s long tenure in finance is an ample prerequisite for the Treasury job.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says Mnuchin is a Wall Street insider whose bank was “a foreclosure machine.”

The Senate is scheduled to vote on Mnuchin Monday evening. The Senate is also scheduled to vote on the nomination of David Shulkin to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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