Senate Confirms Linda McMahon as SBA Administrator

Retired wrestling executive Linda McMahon was easily confirmed by the Senate Tuesday to run the federal Small Business Administration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said McMahon will "prioritize growing jobs over growing government bureaucracy".

Senatators voted 81-19 to appoint Linda McMahon, who served as the chief executive of WWE before stepping down to run twice for the Senate in CT.

A Senate panel recently approved her nomination by a vote of 18-1, moving the nomination to the full Senate for consideration.

In making the nomination, the president said McMahon shared "his vision of decreasing burdensome regulations that are hurting our middle-class workers and small businesses".

He pointed out that as former CEO and co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, she helped grow that small business from a 13-person staff to a publicly traded global business with more than 800 employees.

After the two bruising campaigns McMahon remained active in Republican politics as a donor.

Trump has appeared multiple times on WWE programming and is in the company's Hall of Fame.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, the top Democrat on the committee, backed McMahon despite opposing many of Trump's nominees.

McMahon's confirmation follows two other Cabinet appointees Monday: Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and David Shulkin as the head of Veterans Affairs.

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