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Franken Opposes Obama Treasury Nominee

By    |   Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 10:56 PM

Democrat Sen. Al Franken is urging supporters to join him in opposing President Barack Obama's nominee for Treasury Department undersecretary for domestic finance, The Hill reports.

Franken, who represents Minnesota, sent out an email Sunday saying Antonio Weiss is the wrong person for the job because he is too close to Wall Street and not a big enough friend to the middle class.

"Join me in asking the President to withdraw Antonio Weiss’s nomination," Franken wrote. The email included a link to a petition on the ProgressivesUnitedPAC website calling for Weiss' withdrawal.

Franken was critical of Weiss for working on "inversions," which are actions to move American companies' official headquarters to other countries, thereby cutting taxes they pay to the United States.

"More than six years after the crash, the American economy is still recovering," Franken said. "We got into that mess because we were willing to let Wall Street police itself. Foxes make poor guards of henhouses. We know that through bitter experience, and I’m not willing to let it happen again."

Franken first issued a statement http://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2995 opposing Weiss' nomination on December 10.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire have joined the effort, setting up an intra-party fight https://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/senate-democrats-protest-treasury/2014/12/11/id/612378/ with the White House, the Hill reports.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has previously defended Weiss, noting that he co-authored a report reforming the tax system and cutting the national debt.

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