Five congressmen urged not to appoint a native of the USSR to the US Treasury

BIn September, Aiden nominated Professor Saule Omarova, who was born in Kazakhstan, for the post of head of the currency control Department. Republicans also criticized Omarova earlier because of her views on the banking system

Five congressmen urged not to appoint a native of the USSR to the US Treasury


Five Democratic senators told the administration of President Joe Biden that they would not support the candidacy of a native of Kazakhstan, Saule Omarova, for the post of head of the Office of Currency Control (part of the structure of the US Treasury). This was reported by the Axios portal.

The US presidential administration is aware of the senators’ position. According to the interlocutor of Axios, the White House continues to fully support the historical nomination of the contender, despite her low chances. The official noted that Omarova has the necessary qualifications to take the position, and she is treated unfairly.

At a hearing in the Senate of the US Congress last week, Omarova was criticized by Republicans. Politico writes that lawmakers did not agree with her opinion on the need to increase the role of the government in the financial sphere. One of the Republicans, John Kennedy, reminded Omarova that she was a member of the Komsomol during her life in the USSR and asked if he should not address her as a “comrade”. Omarova herself stated that she does not share communist views: “I am not a communist, I did not subscribe to this ideology. I couldn’t choose where I was born.”

According to Axios, Republicans claim that Omarova, judging by her research papers, supports the nationalization of the banking sector. And some Democrats were not satisfied that she spoke out against their bill, which involves easing restrictions on banks.

As Politico clarifies, throughout the history of the Office of currency control, it has been headed by white men. Omarova suggested that one of the reasons for objections to her candidacy is racism. If she is still appointed, she will control the activities of national banks and will become the first woman in this post.

Biden nominated Omarova in September.

Saule Omarova is an American scientist of Kazakh origin, Doctor of political Science, professor of law at Cornell University. Before moving to the USA, she graduated from Moscow State University. In 2006 and 2007, Omarova already worked in the Ministry of Finance as an adviser to the deputy head of the Department for Internal Finance, according to a White House press release.

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