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Treasury pick Lew gets nod from key Senate panel

The US Senate Finance Committee approved President Barack Obama's nominee Jack Lew, pictured February 13, 2013, to be the new Treasury secretary, replacing Timothy Geithner who stepped down last month.The US Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted Tuesday to back Obama nominee Jack Lew as Treasury secretary despite qualms about his reputation as a doctrinaire Democrat and his ties to Wall Street. Senators voted 19-5 in favor of Lew, with several Republicans joining with the majority Democrats, paving the way for a full Senate vote as early as Wednesday.