Brainard confirmed top U.S. financial diplomat

WASHINGTON, April 20 Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:30pm EDT

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WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) - Lael Brainard, President Barack Obama's long-stalled pick to be the Treasury Department's top financial diplomat, won final confirmation in a Senate vote on Tuesday.

The Senate gave its blessing in a 78-19 confirmation ruling a day after Brainard cleared a Republican procedural hurdle.

She will serve as Treasury Department under secretary for international affairs, a key position in U.S. efforts to persuade China to adopt a more flexible currency.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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