Brainard confirmed top U.S. financial diplomat
WASHINGTON, April 20
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)