DemDaily: The Confirmation Count
March 3, 2017
This week's count!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.
|Hearings Completed||Senate Confirmation
|Senate Vote Total|
|Secretary of Homeland Security||John Kelly||January 10||January 20||88 in favor
|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
|Secretary of State||Rex Tillerson||January 11||February 1||56 in favor
|Secretary of Education||Betsy DeVos||January 17||February 7||50 in favor (+VP tiebreak)
|Attorney General||Jeff Sessions||January 11||February 8||52 in favor
|Secretary of Health & Human Services||Tom Price||January 18||February 10||52 in favor
|Secretary of the Treasury||Steve Mnuchin||January 19||February 13||53 in favor
|Secretary of Veterans Affairs||David Shulkin||February 1||February 13||100 in favor
|Secretary of Commerce||Wilbur Ross||January 18||February 27||72 in favor
|Secretary of the Interior||Ryan Zinke||January 17||March 1||68 in favor
|Secretary of Energy||Rick Perry||January 19||March 2||62 in favor
|Secretary of Housing & Urban Development||Ben Carson||January 12||March 2||58 in favor
|Mike Pompeo||January 12||January 23||66 in favor
|U.N. Ambassador (Cabinet-Level)||Nikki Haley||January 18||January 24||96 in favor
|Small Business Admin (Cabinet-Level)||Linda McMahon||January 24||February 14||81 in favor
|Budget Director (Cabinet-Level)||Mick Mulvaney||January 24||February 16||51 in favor
|Administrator of the EPA (Cabinet-Level)||Scott Pruitt||February 2||February 17||52 in favor
The Confirmation Process
- Nominee submitted for review by the
relevant US Senate Committee.
- Senate Committee conducts public
- 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
Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta
US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer
Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats
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