January 15, 2009 / 2:01 PM / 11 years ago

UPDATE 1-Key sen. sees no Republican opposition to Geithner

(Updates with details, paragraphs 3-4)

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said on Thursday he was not aware of any Republicans who planned to vote against Timothy Geithner to head the Treasury Department because of his failure to pay taxes.

“From talking to my colleagues on the Republican side, and I haven’t talked to all of them ... I have not found people who are going to vote against him based upon just the income tax issue,” Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa told National Public Radio in an interview.

He said there was bipartisan agreement on Geithner’s qualifications for the job and the need for someone of his caliber “at a time when we have all the economic problems we have.”

“I have not made a judgment yet because there are a lot of other issues to go over with him that are policy issues,” Grassley said. “I’ll be making a judgment on the total picture, not just on the income tax issue after the hearing.”

Writing by Ross Colvin; Editing by Bill Trott

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