January 30,2017

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Wyden to Oppose Price and Mnuchin Nominations

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement announcing that he will vote against the confirmation of Tom Price for HHS Secretary and Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary:

“While the Trump White House spouts falsehoods, stokes fear and fires off executive orders, two of its top nominees have seriously misled the public about issues in their backgrounds.

“I asked Congressman Price directly if he got an exclusive discount on stock in an Australian biomedical firm, and he said no. From the committee’s investigation to company documents to the CEO’s own words, the evidence tells a different story. The fact is that Congressman Price got special access to a special deal, but his story about it seems to change by the day.

“Mr. Mnuchin denied that OneWest Bank under his leadership engaged in robo-signing foreclosure documents, but that is demonstrably false. Court documents and testimony show that OneWest employees processed hundreds of documents a week, spending only seconds on each, and they routinely did so without verifying their contents. What OneWest did is the textbook definition of robo-signing.

“I cannot support nominees who treat disclosures like shell games and ethics laws like mere suggestions. These issues only add to the troubling fact that these nominees are pushing extreme proposals that would hurt vulnerable Americans. I am a “no” vote on Mr. Mnuchin and Congressman Price.