Linda McMahon is one step closer to assuming leadership of the Small Business Administration after the Senate Small Business Committee approved her nomination yesterday. The vote was 18-to-1. McMahon's nomination now moves to the full Senate.

Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, was the sole dissenter.

McMahon, the former CEO of wrestling behemoth WWE, spoke in hearings last week about her desire to make more effective the Office of Advocacy, which represents the interests of small business before federal agencies. She also promised to support women, minority and veteran entrepreneurs.

Jim Risch, the Idaho Republican who heads the committee, said on Twitter that the near-unanimous confirmation "shows members from both sides are confident in her leadership."