Linda McMahon Approved for SBA

The Senate Small Business Committee has approved Linda McMahon, cofounder and former CEO of TV wrestling empire WWE, as the administrator of the Small Business Administration.

While Tuesday was filled with moves to block President Donald Trump's cabinet picks, the vote for McMahon was 16 to zero and her nomination now goes to the Senate for a vote with the recommendation of the committee for confirmation.

House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) praised the move. 

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“As Linda demonstrated in her hearing last week, she will be a tremendous advocate for our nation’s 28 million small businesses and the absolute right person to lead the SBA," said Chabot.

At that Jan. 24 hearing, McMahon told the panel that as an entrepreneur, she had shared the experiences of small business owners, "the engines of our national economy," while putting food on the table or braces on their children's teeth.

She said she would advocate on their behalf if confirmed and said she was proud of growing WWE into a global business and knew what it was like to "take a risk on an idea."

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Jessika Walsten

Jessika is an analyst for TVREV and Fabric Media. She previously served in various roles at Broadcasting + Cable, Multichannel News and NextTV, working with the brands since 2013. A graduate of USC Annenberg, Jessika has edited and reported on a variety of subjects in the media and entertainment space, including profiles on industry leaders and breaking news.