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January 20, 2017

Mattis Confirmed as SECDEF

Just hours after President Trump was sworn into office, the Senate on Friday confirmed two of his national security cabinet nominees. The Senate confirmed retired Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon as Defense Secretary. A four-star general who retired in 2013, Mattis required a waiver to take the top Pentagon job since he hasn’t…

45th President of the US Sworn In

Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. NPR has his annotated remarks as does The New York Times.  

January 19, 2017

Please Stay

In a transition press briefing today, Trump Press Secretary, Sean Spicer announced that Trump has asked 50 current Obama Administration officials to stay in their current positions with the new Administration to help with the Transition.   While the full list is not yet know, individuals who have been asked to stay are: Michelle Lee,…

Trump Transition Previews Budget

Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy. The proposal takes directly from the Heritage Foundation’s FY 2017 budget blueprint and the Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) FY 2017 Budget Proposal. While the annual President’s…

January 17, 2017

Inauguration, Confirmation Hearings, Oh My!

The House and Senate are back from the long weekend recognizing the late Civil Rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and already Congress is at work — though arguably the politics didn’t stop this weekend. The Senate is gearing up for a second round of fights over President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees as Republicans…

January 12, 2017

DOE Releases State of National Labs Report

On January 11, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz released the first-ever State of the Department of Energy National Laboratories Report. It addresses the accomplishments and capabilities of the national labs and reviews the improvements made in their management. The report outlines the path forward for continued American leadership in science and technology as wells as…

Price Confirmation for HHS Slips to Februrary

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced that the actually confirmation vote for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who is the Trump nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), will not occur until mid-February. The HELP Committee  that will hear from Price on January 18, and…

Senate Passes Budget with ACA Repeal Instructions

Early Thursday morning, Senators voted 51-48 to adopt the FY2017 budget resolution, with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) casting the only Republican vote against it. With just 51 votes, the Senate moves forward with plans to repeal the ACA while avoiding a filibuster from Senate Democrats. Ultimately, the Senate considered 19 amendments before the final vote — and stymied…

January 10, 2017

ED Secretary Confirmation Hearing Delayed

The Senate HELP committee announced the hearing for Trump’s Education Secretary appointee, Betsy DeVoes, will be delayed a week. The confirmation hearing will now take place on January 17th at 5 PM.

January 6, 2017

Nomination Schedule

Politico has an excellent overview of the coming nominees for the incoming Administration’s cabinet positions. Week of Jan. 9 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development  Nominee: Ben Carson Background: Retired neurosurgeon, former GOP primary rival Committee: Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Confirmation Hearings: Sen. Mike Crapo is planning to hold a hearing next week…

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