Six Senate Republicans joined the Democrats to confirm Danny Werfel to be the next IRS commissioner on a 54-42 vote.
Werfel succeeds acting commissioner Douglas O’Donnell, who has served in that role since former commissioner Chuck Rettig’s term expired last November.
Despite not being confirmed by a wide margin, most Republicans who voted against him didn’t have as much of a problem with the nominee as the agency he was picked to lead.
“Nobody’s raised questions about his competence,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), one of the Republicans who voted for confirmation. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who also voted to ...