DemDaily: The Confirmation Count

March 3, 2017

This week's count!

Rick Perry Confirmation

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who advocated abolishing Dept of Energy, is now its Secretary

The Cabinet
With the confirmation yesterday of Housing & Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, thirteen of the fifteen Cabinet or Executive Departments heads have now been confirmed, along with five of the seven "Cabinet-level" positions.

In addition to the Cabinet (which also includes the VP and WH Chief of Staff), there are approximately 1200 positions that require Senate confirmation. Of those, 552 are considered "key" appointments (the number has decreased with the Trump Administration's restructuring).

Total Nominated To-Date: 35

In other Cabinet-related news, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to recuse himself from cases relating to the investigation of connections between Russia and the Trump Campaign/Administration.

The announcement was made yesterday following allegations that he had misled the Senate during his confirmation hearing about meetings he had during the campaign with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak.

Citing perjury, Democrats have called for Sessions' resignation, but any future action will likely depend on the larger Russia-Trump investigation and the potential appointment of a Special Prosecutor.

The Confirmation Count
Confirmed by the US Senate
Position
Confirmed
Hearings Completed Senate Confirmation
Vote Date
Senate Vote Total
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly January 10 January 20 88 in favor
11 against
Secretary of Defense James Mattis January 12 January 20 98 in favor
1 against (*Gillibrand)
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao January 11 January 31 93 in favor
6 against
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson January 11 February 1 56 in favor
43 against
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos January 17 February 7 50 in favor (+VP tiebreak)
50 against
Attorney General Jeff Sessions January 11 February 8 52 in favor
47 against
Secretary of Health & Human Services Tom Price January 18 February 10 52 in favor
48 against
Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin January 19 February 13 53 in favor
47 against
Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin February 1 February 13 100 in favor
0 against
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross January 18 February 27 72 in favor
27 against
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke January 17 March 1 68 in favor
31 against
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry January 19 March 2 62 in favor
37 against
Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson January 12 March 2 58 in favor
41 against
CIA Director
(Cabinet-Level)
Mike Pompeo January 12 January 23 66 in favor
32 against
U.N. Ambassador (Cabinet-Level) Nikki Haley January 18 January 24 96 in favor
4 against
Small Business Admin (Cabinet-Level) Linda McMahon January 24 February 14 81 in favor
19 against
Budget Director (Cabinet-Level) Mick Mulvaney January 24 February 16 51 in favor
49 against
Administrator of the EPA (Cabinet-Level) Scott Pruitt February 2 February 17 52 in favor
46 against

 

The Confirmation Process

- Nominee submitted for review by the
relevant US Senate Committee.
- Senate Committee conducts public
Confirmation Hearings.
- If majority of Committee approves, the nomination is "voted out" of Committee
to a full Senate "floor" vote.
- Full Senate Vote: A simple majority (51)
required to confirm. If vote is 50-50, the
Vice President casts the tie-breaking vote.
Remaining Nominees: Awaiting Committee Hearing

Cabinet
Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta

Cabinet-level
US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer
Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats

As always, DemList will keep you informed!

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