BY CHEYENNE HENRY
So far very little of President Trumps nominees for his cabinet have been approved. There are ten positions in the cabinet that do not require Senate approval and Trump has exercised his right to appoint government officials by filling in these ten spots right away.
Reince Priebus, Chief of Staff, Stephen K. Bannon, Chief Strategists, Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser, Michael T. Flynn, National Security Adviser, Thomas P. Bossart, Homeland Security Adviser, Kellyanne Conway, Counselor, Carl Icahn, Regulatory Czar, Donald F. McGahn II, White House Counsel, Peter Navarro, Trade Czar, and Sean Spicer, Press Secretary.
Controversy surrounds most of Trump’s decisions in regards to his cabinet. He has chosen people who have money, not necessarily have it but also know how to use it, to be part of his cabinet and people fear that having these billionaires on his cabinet will cause problems for the middle class citizens in America.
Even with all the controversy with his cabinet nominees a lot of newscasters expect the rest of his cabinet nominees to fly through with little difficulty.
That is thanks to a rule passed back in 2013. It all stems from democrats who were upset by republican obstruction of lower-level federal court appointees. Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid responded by getting rid of the rule that required 60 votes to move a nominee to a vote by the full Senate. There were a handful of Trump’s nominees that wouldn’t have received the 60 Democratic votes needed if the rule was still in place. This is where the cabinet members stand now:
- John Kelly (Homeland Security) Confirmed January 20th
- James Mattis (Defense) Confirmed January 20th
- Nikki Haley (U.N. Ambassador) Confirmed January 24th
- Elaine Chao (Transportation) Confirmed January 31st
- Rex tillerson (State) Confirmed February 1st
- Betsy DeVos (Education) Confirmed February 7th
- Ryan Zinke ( Interior Secretary) Confirmed by Committee January 31st, Awaiting Full Senate Vote
- Wilbur Ross (Commerce ) Confirmed by the Committee January 24th, Awaiting full Senate Vote
- Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development) Confirmed by the Committee January 24th, Awaiting full Senate Vote
- Rick Perry (Energy) Confirmed by the Committee January 31st, Awaiting full Senate Vote
- Tom Price (Health and Human Services) Confirmed by the Committee February 1st, Awaiting full Senate Vote
- Steven Mnuchin (Treasury Secretary) Confirmed by the Committee February 1st, Awaiting full Senate Vote
- Jeff Sessions (Attorney General): Confirmed by the Committee February 1st, Awaiting full Senate Vote
- Linda McMahon (Small Business Administration) Confirmed by the Committee January 31st, Awaiting full Senate Vote
- Scott Pruitt (Environmental Protection Agency) Awaiting Committee Vote
- Mick Mulvaney (Budget Director): Awaiting Committee Vote
- David Shulkin (Veterans Affairs) Awaiting Committee Vote
- Andrew Puzder (Labor): Awaiting Confirmed Hearing on February 7th
- Robert Lighthizer (U.S. Trade Representative): Awaiting Confirmation on Hearing
- Sonny Perdue (Agriculture) Awaiting Confirmation on Hearing