The Senate voted Monday to confirm billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as secretary of commerce in President Trump’s Cabinet. Ross was approved by a vote of 72-27, with 20 Democrats and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, joining 51 Republicans to vote “aye.” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., did not vote due to his ongoing recovery from back surgery.
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) took her repeated calls for President Donald Trump’s impeachment one step further on Tuesday. In an interview with Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s “All In,” Waters had some harsh words for members of Trump’s cabinet and other associates with alleged ties to Russia. “I just think the American people had better
The Senate confirmed former Goldman Sachs financier Steven Mnuchin as President Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary Monday, despite objections by Democrats who charged that Mnuchin had made much of his fortune by foreclosing on struggling homeowners during the financial crisis. Mnuchin was confirmed 53-47, with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin joining all 52 Republicans to vote
The Senate early Friday morning confirmed President Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., will likely be leaned on by the administration to undo many components of Obamacare. It was the Senate’s fourth consecutive contested vote for a Trump Cabinet secretary. Partisan battles for Cabinet posts
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rex Tillerson as secretary of State, as part of a fast-paced day for majority Republicans who also pushed past Democratic resistance to advance three other President Trump Cabinet picks to a final vote. The vote to confirm the former ExxonMobil executive as the country’s top diplomat was 56-43. Earlier in
Barnini Chakraborty, Congressional tensions flared Tuesday over President Trump’s Cabinet picks – and his executive order on immigration – as Democrats forced delays for committee votes on three major nominees, including attorney general pick Jeff Sessions. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, announced Tuesday afternoon that his panel would push off a vote on
The Senate is expected on Monday to hold its confirmation vote on President Trump’s pick for CIA director, Kansas GOP Rep. Mike Pompeo. But the chamber’s Republican and Democratic leaders this weekend offered sharply different perspectives about the future of the president’s 20-plus Cabinet nominees. Top Senate Democrats on Friday postponed Pompeo’s vote saying they
Bill Murchison, The thing is, we’ve got two presidencies going on right now. Thank heaven, that bilious, contentious state of affairs is destined to end Jan. 20, with the departure of one chief executive from the people’s house and the entry of another, in the fashion to which democratic use has accustomed us. Ah, but