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Senate to Confirm At Least Two Trump Nominees Friday

by Countable | 1.20.17

While the Inauguration Day festivities proceed Friday afternoon, the Senate will go back to work and hold votes to convene to confirm at least two — possibly three — of President Donald Trump’s appointees.

The two certainties are retired Marine Corps generals James Mattis and John Kelly, who were chosen as Trump’s secretary of defense and secretary of homeland security, respectively. And the Senate will at least start debating a third nominee’s confirmation, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) who was picked to serve as CIA director, but he may have to wait until early next week for a confirmation vote, most likely on Monday if a vote isn’t held today.

Why so few confirmations?

Republicans and the Trump team had hoped they’d be able to confirm seven Cabinet picks on Inauguration Day like President Obama did in 2009, but Democrats in the Senate will use procedural tactics to delay confirmation votes on picks they view as controversial. While they don’t have the votes they need to reject a nominee without help from Republicans, Democrats can force the chamber to exhaust debate on the confirmation before a vote occurs. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blamed Republicans for rushing the confirmation process with nominees who he called "ill-prepared," adding that Trump’s Cabinet picks “cry out for rigorous scrutiny.”

Schumer has been accused by Republicans of breaking a deal to allow a vote on Pompeo’s nomination today, which was made in part to ensure that Trump could have a full national security team in place from the outset of his administration. That led Sen. John Cornyn to tweet that he was willing to keep the Senate in session "as long as it takes — all night, all weekend" to get Trump’s Cabinet picks confirmed. In Pompeo’s case, there’s a sense of urgency about filling the vacancy because CIA Director John Brennan resigned from his post when Trump was sworn in today, so it seems he won’t be around to lead the intelligence agency until his successor is confirmed as has occurred in the past.

What happens next?

Assuming the Senate votes to confirm them, the three members of Trump’s national security team would be able to assume their roles immediately. Mattis will be able to do so thanks to a bill Congress passed last week which granted him a waiver to a law that otherwise would’ve prevented him from serving as Secretary of Defense. That legislation became the first bill President Trump signed into law shortly after he was sworn in earlier today.

You can tell your senators how to vote on the confirmations of Mattis, Kelly, and Pompeo using the "Take Action" button below.

— Eric Revell

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  • Jennifer
    01/20/2017
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    Do not allow Betsy DeVis near public education and Jeff Sessions is a definite N-O

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  • Avry
    01/20/2017
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    Sessions and Devoss are completely unacceptable nominees. Vote no.

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  • Hannah
    01/20/2017
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    Please vote no on Price, Tillerson, Sessions, Perry, and DeVos. Each of these individuals are deeply worrisome in regard to the integrity and safety of our country and the well-being of its residents.

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  • Mark
    01/20/2017
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    I strongly recommend that you not vote to approve DeVos and Sessions. The country deserves more. Leaders lead, followers do what they are told. Which will you be?

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  • Christina
    01/23/2017
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    Please vote No on Sessions

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  • Helen
    01/23/2017
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    Vote no on Devos. Public education is the foundation of our democracy

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  • Nisel
    01/23/2017
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    Confirming Tillerson, Sessions, and DeVos will be the reason you won't have a job in two years.

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  • Shelby
    01/21/2017
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    Betsy DeVos is not fit for this huge responsibility. Our teachers work hard and should get paid for their hard work. They educate our future generation of presidents, senators, congressmen and women, doctors, scientists and so much more. I, along with so many others, hope you reconsider allowing Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

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  • Katherine
    01/20/2017
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    Please do not confirm Betsy DeVos. She is not qualified to hold this position and her stances on public education are harmful to children, teachers, and the future of our country. I have a child with disabilities and I am very concerned about his future under an education system headed by this woman. She is a rich elitist with no idea what typical citizens and children need. No on DeVos.

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  • Romy
    01/24/2017
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    Please vote no on all.

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  • eanbay
    01/20/2017
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    I do NOT approve of this rush to confirm President Trump's cabinet appointments. These selections require much greater scrutiny. We do not even have a clear picture of potential conflicts of interest. You risk being Party to corruption. Slow down. Be sensible.

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  • Catherine
    01/21/2017
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    Vote NO on Devos, #disaster

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  • Brittney
    01/21/2017
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    Please reject the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, she has shown herself to be completely unqualified for the next Secretary of Education.

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  • Tadros
    01/20/2017
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    ALL OF HIS PICKS ARE SELF-INTEREST self-serving horrid people. Betsey devoe should NOT be ANYWHERE near education!! Omg

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  • Tracy
    01/20/2017
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    Do NOT confirm any of the nominees until they have been fully vetted. That said, even if they complete their paperwork and eliminate any conflict of interest, unqualified candidates for the position in which they have been nominated for such as DeVos, Perry and Sessions should not be approved. We are paying attention to your choices.

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  • ThoseThingsILov
    01/23/2017
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    I urge you to vote no on Betsy DeVos. The Education system requires an experienced secretary, not appointed because of campaign donations.

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  • Sharon
    01/27/2017
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    I cannot express in stronger words the need for you to vote no on confirmation proceedings for Jeff Sessions and DeVos. I am extremely offended by Jeff Sessions use and understanding of the law. His simple belief that the grabbing of genitals is not a description of sexual assault as well as his civil rights record are among the many reasons he is not a viable candidate for Attorney General and you should not vote to confirm him. DeVos is an enemy of public education which is the cornerstone to our successful democracy. An educated population is the only way for our country to succeed and achieve more. Here policies and ideas shut out too many in our community. Please vote no as to both of these nominations.

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  • Herman
    01/20/2017
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    Follow the lead of Senator Chuck Schumer and be thorough and fully vet these nominees for Cabinet Secretary. Every ethics conflict should be investigated before a vote is taken and from what I've seen and read from the hearings you have conducted, I would urge "no" votes on Price, Mnuchin, DeVos, Perry, and Pruitt.

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  • Kristi
    01/20/2017
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    Please do not confirm Jeff Sessions or Betsy DeVos. He does not represent the appropriate temperament for the position of Attorney General. I don't believe he will fairly apply the law based on his personal racist beliefs. Betsy DeVos does not have public schools in mind with her plans for Dept of Education. She has no experience or even a decent knowledge base regarding public education, financial aid, or college education. She is an embarrassment & as a registered & informed voter with 2 children in stellar public schools in Florida, I don't feel she will look out for the best interest of my children & their futures! They deserve of Secretary of Education that will look out for them. Please do not confirm these nominees!

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  • Caroline
    01/21/2017
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    Please do not vote to confirm DeVos. She is unqualified, inexperienced, and would not be a good person of influence in the world of US education.

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