Senate sets up final vote to confirm Lisa Cook, who would be the first Black woman on Fed board

The final vote was 51-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.All Republicans opposed Cook, with several complaining that she is not qualified for the position, despite having a doctorate in economics and being a professor at Michigan State University.”Professor Cook has no proven expertise in monetary economics at all, much less fighting inflation,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said before the vote. “Professor Cook is a proven partisan who has promoted left-wing conspiracy theories and called for a fellow academic to be fired because that person did not support defunding the police.”Democrats fiercely defended Cook. “Cook is unquestionably qualified and possesses bipartisan support from

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