DemDaily: The Confirmation Count

The Cabinet 
Confirmations have slowed down during the past few weeks in Congress as focus shifted to the GOP's failed Obamacare "repeal and replace" legislation, and the ongoing investigations into ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia. 
  
The Confirmation Process
  • Nominee submitted for review by the relevant US Senate Committee.
  • Senate Committee conducts public Confirmation Hearings.
  • If a majority of Committee approves, the nomination is "voted out" of Committee to a full Senate "floor" vote.
  • Full Senate Vote: A simple majority (51) is required to confirm. If the vote is 50-50, the Vice President casts the tie-breaking vote.
 
In addition to the Cabinet and Cabinet-level appointments, there are approximately

1200

positions that require Senate confirmation. Of those, 553 are considered "key" appointments (the number decreased with the Trump Administration's restructuring). Here is an update of where the Cabinet stands.

Total Nominated To-Date: 62
The Confirmation Count
Confirmed by the US Senate
Position
Confirmed
Hearings CompletedSenate Confirmation
Vote Date
Senate Vote Total
Secretary of Homeland SecurityJohn KellyJanuary 10January 2088 in favor
11 against
Secretary of DefenseJames MattisJanuary 12January 2098 in favor
1 against (*Gillibrand)
Secretary of TransportationElaine ChaoJanuary 11January 3193 in favor
6 against
Secretary of StateRex TillersonJanuary 11February 156 in favor
43 against
Secretary of EducationBetsy DeVosJanuary 17February 750 in favor (+VP tiebreak)
50 against
Attorney GeneralJeff SessionsJanuary 11February 852 in favor
47 against
Secretary of Health & Human ServicesTom PriceJanuary 18February 1052 in favor
48 against
Secretary of the TreasurySteve MnuchinJanuary 19February 1353 in favor
47 against
Secretary of Veterans AffairsDavid ShulkinFebruary 1February 13100 in favor
0 against
Secretary of CommerceWilbur RossJanuary 18February 2772 in favor
27 against
Secretary of the InteriorRyan ZinkeJanuary 17March 168 in favor
31 against
Secretary of EnergyRick PerryJanuary 19March 262 in favor
37 against
Secretary of Housing & Urban DevelopmentBen CarsonJanuary 12March 258 in favor
41 against
CIA Director
(Cabinet-Level)
Mike PompeoJanuary 12January 2366 in favor
32 against
U.N. Ambassador (Cabinet-Level)Nikki HaleyJanuary 18January 2496 in favor
4 against
Small Business Admin (Cabinet-Level)Linda McMahonJanuary 24February 1481 in favor
19 against
Budget Director (Cabinet-Level)Mick MulvaneyJanuary 24February 1651 in favor
49 against
Administrator of the EPA (Cabinet-Level)Scott PruittFebruary 2February 1752 in favor
46 against
Directory of National Intelligence (Cabinet-Level)Dan CoatsFebruary 28March 1585 in favor
12 against
Completed Senate Committee Confirmation Hearings: Pending Full Senate Vote
PositionNomineeCommittee Hearing DateCommittee Vote Date
Secretary of LaborAlexander AcostaMarch 22not yet scheduled
Neil Gorsuch
Remaining Cabinet/Level Nominees: Awaiting Committee Hearing
Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue
US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer
The High Court
The highest profile confirmation still pending, however, is that of Trump's nominee to the US Supreme CourtNeil Gorsuch.
 
While Republicans are waging a $10 million ad campaign to promote Gorsuch, who completed his four-day confirmation hearings last week, Senate Democrats are contemplating filibustering (an extended debate to delay) the full vote.
In a preemptive strike against a filibuster, however, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has threatened use of the "nuclear option," which would change parliamentary procedure to reduce the number of votes needed to stop a filibuster. 
For a rundown on the filibuster and nuclear option processes, see DemDaily: The Nuclear Nomination
As always, DemList will keep you informed as developments unfold.
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Sources:  Washington Post, New York Times

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