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EPA Administrator Resigns

President Donald Trump tweeted today that he has accepted the resignation of EPA chief Scott Pruitt. Pruitt had been the subject of numerous ethics investigations involving his travel, spending, use of staff, and favors by industry lobbyists.

The agency’s Deputy Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, will act as the agency’s leader until a new administrator is nominated by Mr. Trump and confirmed by the Senate.

Confirmation Hearing Underway

Confirmation hearings for Cabinet nominees are now underway, with nominees for many of the high-profile posts appearing before the relevant Senate committees this week.

Sen. Jeff Session (R-AL), the Attorney General nominee, started his two-day confirmation hearing on Tuesday, January. 10. Recordings of the hearing are available here and here.  Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State nominee, went before the Senate Foreign Relations committee on Wednesday, January 11. The hearing is available here.

Retired General John F. Kelly, who has been tapped to serve as the Secretary of Homeland Security, appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on January 10. The hearing is available on the committee website.

The hearings will continue into the rest of the month. Federal Relations will continue to provide updates.