3 nominees named for senior jobs at Treasury
WASHINGTON - The White House named three nominees yesterday for senior jobs at the Treasury Department, which still is trying to fill out its top ranks while dealing with a financial crisis.
The three nominees were announced just days after two contenders for more senior posts withdrew their names from consideration.
A Treasury spokesman said the Obama administration nonetheless was ahead of prior administrations in getting its top Treasury officials in place and said a perception that its work was being hindered was incorrect.
The nominees were:
The positions require Senate confirmation.
The Supreme Court is reviewing a ruling that upholds a provision of the act under which 16 states and some counties, mainly in the South, are prevented from making changes to their voting laws without federal approval.
Plaintiffs challenging a renewal of the act say times have changed, blacks are no longer excluded from voting, and the act amounts to unwarranted interference in state affairs.
"We must commit ourselves to continue to defend the Voting Rights Act that is under attack," Holder said.