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Treasury Sanctions Official Confirmed by Senate After Delay

Dec. 2, 2021, 6:09 PM

The Senate confirmed Brian Nelson to be the under secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence in a vote of 50 to 49 Thursday after being held up by Republicans seeking to pressure the Biden administration to impose sanctions to block the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany.

There has been no Senate-confirmed official in that post since 2019 when Sigal Mandelker, who oversaw several aspects of sanctions policy under the Trump administration, resigned to enter the private sector.

The Treasury Department in October completed an extensive review of sanctions policy that found the number of ...

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