DemDaily: Cabinet Update!

December 1, 2016

The 115th Congress will be sworn in January 3rd and the first order of business will be Confirmation Hearings for the Cabinet.

The Senate will have less than three weeks to confirm the government's top posts if the Trump Administration is to be prepared for Inauguration Day - Tuesday, January 20th - when the official transition period ends and all 4,000 Obama "political" appointees tender their resignations.

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments, who are the senior-most administration officials, and the next in line in succession to the President after the Vice President, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

Obama AG Loretta Lynch's confirmation took 161 days, the longest wait since 1977

Six "Cabinet level" positions also require Senate confirmation.

A nomination before the Senate is allowed unlimited debate until two-thirds of the Senate vote to invoke cloture, closing debate.
The Senate then calls for a simple majority vote of 51 to confirm, reject or take no action on the nomination.
Following GOP obstructionist actions during Obama's second term, Senate Dems successfully led an effort to reduce the required 60-vote supermajority to a simple majority for confirmations.
Cabinet Level
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Director, Office of Management & Budget
Ambassador, US Trade Representative
Ambassador, US Mission to the United Nations
Chair, Council of Economic Advisors
Administrator, Small Business Administration

The Process

 

Despite Trump's populist pitch that he will be a voice for the blue collar worker and downtrodden, all of his official nominees are millionaires.

"If I am elected president, I will end the special interest monopoly in Washington ... Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you the American people." - President Elect Trump

 

Trump Cabinet Picks To-Date

 
Secretary of the Treasury: Steve Mnuchin
Trump's campaign finance chairman and former Goldman Sachs executive, he has deep roots in Hollywood and no prior government experience. Known for his role in the 2008 housing crisis.

Treasury Secretary Nominee Steve Mnuchin

Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross
An investor with an estimated fortune of $2.9 billion, Ross has said the United States must free itself from the "bondage" of "bad trade agreements," and has advocated threats to impose steep tariffs on China.
Secretary of Health & Human Services: Tom Price
A six-term Republican Congressman from Georgia and orthopedic surgeon who has led opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Price is opposed to Planned Parenthood funding, claiming every woman can afford birth control.
Secretary of Transportation: Elaine Chao
Controversial former Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos
Former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and a well-known education activist, she is a longtime supporter of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools.
 
Ambassador, US Mission to the United Nations: Nikki Haley
The South Carolina Governor, who is in her second term, was a harsh critic of Trump during the primary. She has no prior foreign policy experience.
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