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senate nears confirmation of trump's pick to head treasury


democrats boycott confirmation hearings for price, sessions, mnuchin, blocking votestribune news servicesdemocrats forced delays tuesday in planned senate committee votes on president donald trump's picks for health and treasury secretaries and attorney general, amid growing democratic surliness over the administration's aggressive early moves against refugees and an expected bitter battle over filling...democrats forced delays tuesday in planned senate committee votes on president donald trump's picks for health and treasury secretaries and attorney general, amid growing democratic surliness over the administration's aggressive early moves against refugees and an expected bitter battle over filling... (tribune news services)






senate nears confirmation of trump's pick to head treasury


washington — the senate is poised to confirm president donald trump's pick for treasury secretary despite complaints by democrats that steven mnuchin failed to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures when he headed onewest bank.votes on trump's cabinet picks have exposed deep partisan divisions in the republican-controlled senate, with many of the nominees approved by mostly party-line votes.the vote monday evening on mnuchin is expected to follow the same pattern. finance committee republicans unanimously voted in favor of mnuchin after committee democrats boycotted the vote.the senate is also scheduled to vote on the nomination of david shulkin to head the department of veterans affairs. his confirmation has gone much smoother than others. the senate veterans affair






price nears senate confirmation as trump health secretary


the senate on wednesday confirmed sen. jeff sessions to be attorney general in the trump administration despite fierce democratic opposition to the alabama republican over his record on civil rights and immigration.the 52-47 nearly party-line vote capped weeks of divisive battles over sessions,... (andrew taylor, alan fram)






senate nears confirmation of trump’s pick to head treasury


washington (ap) — the senate is poised to confirm president donald trump’s pick for treasury secretary despite complaints by democrats that steven mnuchin failed to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures when he headed onewest bank.votes on trump’s cabinet picks have exposed deep partisan divisions in the republican-controlled senate, with many of the nominees approved by mostly party-line votes.the vote monday evening on mnuchin is expected to follow the same pattern. finance committee republicans unanimously voted in favor of mnuchin after committee democrats boycotted the vote.the senate is also scheduled to vote on the nomination of david shulkin to head the department of veterans affairs. his confirmation has gone much smoother than others. the senate veterans a






senate panel vote on trump treasury pick delayed as democrats object


the senate finance committee has delayed a vote on president donald trump’s nominee for treasury secretary, steven mnuchin, until tuesday morning after democrats objected to a request to hold a vote on monday night, a republican spokeswoman for the panel said.the “irregular objection” from democrats to the evening vote means that the panel will now vote at 10 a.m. est on tuesday, when the committee will also vote on tom price’s nomination as secretary of health and human services, said julia lawless, a spokeswoman for the committee’s chairman, senator orrin hatch.(reporting by david lawder; editing by diane craft)






senate finance republicans change rules to approve price and mnuchin without any


the senate finance committee on wednesday voted to confirm representative tom price to head the department of health and human services and banker steven mnuchin to be treasury secretary, sending the nominations to the full senate for a confirmation vote.democrats tried to block the committee vote for a second day by boycotting the meeting, but republicans changed the rules that had required democrats to be present for quorum.the republican members then approved the nominees 14-0.(reporting by susan cornwell; writing by eric walsh; editing by tim ahmann)






democrats win brief delay on treasury nominee


washington (ap) — senate democrats have succeeded in delaying for one day a scheduled committee vote on president donald trump’s nomination of steven mnuchin (mih-noo’-chin) to be treasury secretary.the senate finance committee said the meeting to vote on the nomination, which had been scheduled for 6 p.m. monday, will now take place at 10 a.m. tuesday. democrats said they requested the delay to allow lawmakers to attend a candlelight vigil protesting trump’s travel ban aimed at seven muslim-majority countries.mnuchin clashed with democrats during a lengthy confirmation hearing on jan. 19. he was accused of failing to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures when he headed onewest bank and for failing to disclose nearly $100 million in ets on forms he filed with the co






supreme court pick meets with dems as gop applies pressure


washington — supreme court nominee neil gorsuch is meeting monday with two senate democrats who could be key to his confirmation. republicans, meanwhile, are escalating their paign for his confirmation with a series of new ads.gorsuch is scheduled to meet with california sen. dianne feinstein, the top democrat on the senate judiciary committee, and montana sen. jon tester, a democrat running for re-election in a conservative state.senate majority leader charles schumer has said trump's nominee must be able to win support from 60 of the senate's 100 members. republicans have a 52-48 majority, so republicans will need the support of at least eight democrats.to win those votes, the senate gop's paign arm, the national republican senatorial committee, is running three ads to pressure certain d






price nears senate confirmation as trump health secretary


hhs nominee price sees 'access' to coverage as health reform goaljuliet eilperin, amy goldsteinrep. tom price, r-ga., president-elect donald trump's choice to head the department of health and human services and one of congress's most vehement critics of the affordable care act, told senators on wednesday that 'it is absolutely imperative" for the government to ensure that all americans...rep. tom price, r-ga., president-elect donald trump's choice to head the department of health and human services and one of congress's most vehement critics of the affordable care act, told senators on wednesday that 'it is absolutely imperative" for the government to ensure that all americans... (juliet eilperin, amy goldstein)






senate confirms steve mnuchin as treasury secretary over objections by democrats


democrats boycott confirmation hearings for price, sessions, mnuchin, blocking votestribune news servicesdemocrats forced delays tuesday in planned senate committee votes on president donald trump's picks for health and treasury secretaries and attorney general, amid growing democratic surliness over the administration's aggressive early moves against refugees and an expected bitter battle over filling...democrats forced delays tuesday in planned senate committee votes on president donald trump's picks for health and treasury secretaries and attorney general, amid growing democratic surliness over the administration's aggressive early moves against refugees and an expected bitter battle over filling... (tribune news services)






trump education secretary pick squeaks through committee, may face senate fight


the deeply divided u.s. senate education committee on tuesday agreed to send to president donald trump’s nominee for u.s. education secretary, billionaire philanthropist betsy devos, to the full chamber for confirmation, but comments ahead of the vote show devos faces choppy waters ahead.the committee chairman, republican lamar alexander, acted as the tie-breaker for a ncing the nomination to the next and final step of the confirmation process after all 11 republicans on the panel voted for devos and all 11 democrats voted against her.(reporting by lisa lambert; editing by chizu nomiyama)






trump cabinet: rex tillerson confirmed as top us diplomat


image copyrightgetty imagesrex tillerson, the former chairman and ceo of exxon mobil, has been confirmed by the us senate to become president donald trump’s secretary of state.the texas native, 64, was cleared for full senate approval in a 56-43 vote.the vote e after senate republicans changed the rules in order to approve mr trump's nominees for health and treasury, despite a democratic boycott. mr tillerson, who has never held political office, faced intense scrutiny over his ties to russia.rex tillerson - the wildcard diplomatus puts missile test iran 'on notice'the former oil chief forged multibillion-dollar deals with russia's state oil company, rosneft, and was awarded the order of friendship by the kremlin in 2013. in his senate confirmation hearing, he admitted that the west had re






two more cabinet nominees a nce to vote by full senate


the nominations of two of president donald trump’s cabinet picks -- scott pruitt for the environmental protection agency and mick mulvaney for the office of mana ent and budget -- will a nce to a vote by the full senate after committee votes held thursday.a day after delaying its vote because of senate democrats’ boycott, the senate environment and public works committee voted -- still with no democrats present -- to send pruitt’s nomination to the full senate.pruitt’s nomination a nced with 11 votes (all republicans) to zero, since no democrats attended the vote. gop members of the committee changed the rules to allow for a vote without democrats present, as other committees have done recently to a nce nominees like treasury pick steven mnuchin and health and human services pick tom price






senate advances nomination of trump pick pruitt to head epa


the u.s. senate on thursday voted to advance the nomination of president donald trump’s pick to run the environmental protection agency and a final vote could occur on friday.the senate voted 54 to 46 to advance scott pruitt, the attorney general of oil and gas producing oklahoma. pruitt has come under criticism from many lawmakers for suing the agency he intends to run 14 times on behalf of oklahoma. one republican, senator sue collins, said this week she would not vote for pruitt in the final vote.(reporting by timothy gardner)






the latest: senate confirms shulkin as va secretary


washington — the latest on president donald trump's cabinet confirmations (all times est):7:53 p.m.the senate has confirmed physician david shulkin to serve as secretary of veterans affairs in the trump administration.the vote monday was 100-0.shulkin is a former obama administration official who had served as the va's top health official since 2015.he is the first non-veteran to lead the government's second-largest department.shulkin has pledged a more modest approach to fixing the va than had been suggested by donald trump on the campaign trail. the 57-year-old physician has ruled out wide-scale firings and privatization of the embattled agency as ways to reduce the length of time veterans must wait for medical care.the va has nearly 370,000 employees and an annual budget of nearly $167






democrats win brief delay on treasury nominee


washington — senate democrats have succeeded in delaying for one day a scheduled committee vote on president donald trump's nomination of steven mnuchin to be treasury secretary.the senate finance committee said monday that the meeting to vote on the nomination, which had been scheduled for 6 p.m. monday, will now take place at 10 a.m. tuesday. democrats said they requested the delay to allow lawmakers to attend a candlelight vigil protesting trump's travel ban aimed at seven muslim-majority countries.mnuchin clashed with democrats during a lengthy confirmation hearing on jan. 19. he was accused of failing to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures when he headed onewest bank and for failing to disclose nearly $100 million in ets on forms he filed with the committee.m






trump’s education secretary pick plagiarized her senate questionnaire responses:


a senate panel is scheduled to vote on tuesday on president donald trump’s education secretary pick, betsy devos. the michigan billionaire whose preferred policies would weaken public schools was a controversial pick for the trump cabinet, as with most other nominees.the washington post reported on tuesday that devos, the nominee for secretary of education appears to have plagiarized her responses in a questionnaire submitted to top democrats on monday.according to the report, devos answered various questions with “phrases from other sources without attribution — including from a top obama administration civil rights official.” for instance, responding to a question about addressing lgbtq bullying, devos wrote, “every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where






trump cabinet choices a nce despite democrats' efforts


image copyrightafpimage caption republican senator orrin hatch (right) was angry at democrats' "obstruction" republicans on a us senate committee have forced through approval of president donald trump's nominees for health and treasury secretaries, despite a democratic boycott.republicans changed the rules in order to allow mr trump's picks to go ahead.the next stage of the confirmation process is a full vote in the senate.mr trump said he would advise senate republicans to "go nuclear" if his supreme court pick was blocked.the phrase is a reference to the so-called nuclear option, a parliamentary procedure which would change the rules and allow the senate to approve a nomination with a simple majority.senate democrats have implied they will try to filibuster or talk out a vote on judge ne






senate support for trump education nominee betsy devos weakens


public refusals on wednesday by two u.s. senate republicans to support betsy devos, president donald trump’s pick for education secretary, raised the possibility of a rare congressional rejection of a cabinet nominee.in an ominous sign for trump, republican senators susan collins and lisa murkowski said they would not vote for devos, a billionaire philanthropist and charter-school advocate.democrats, uniformly opposed to devos, are expected to oppose her as a block. they would only need for three republicans to side with them to make devos just the 10th cabinet nominee in u.s. history to be rejected by congress.soon after collins and murkowski staked out their opposition to devos, the white house said it is confident that she will ultimately be approved.“i cannot support this nominee,” mur






if gorsuch confirmation is gridlocked, trump advises mitch mcconnell, "go nuclea


president trump says if senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is unable to muster the 60 votes necessary to confirm neil gorsuch to the supreme court, he should change the senate rules and allow gorsuch to be confirmed with a simple majority of senators -- a parliamentary procedure known as the “nuclear option.”asked during a meeting with business leaders what he’d say to democrats who will try to block gorsuch’s confirmation, mr. trump said “i think there’s a certain dishonesty if they go against their vote from not very long ago,” alluding to the fact that gorsuch’s confirmation to the federal court was supported by a number of democratic senators. “if we end up with the same gridlock,” mr. trump said, “i would say, ‘if you can, mitch, go nuclear.”it would be “a shame,” the president ad






senate moves trump nominee jeff sessions toward confirmation as attorney general


the u.s. senate on tuesday, in a procedural vote, cleared the way for confirming president donald trump’s nomination of senator jeff sessions to be the next attorney general.by a vote of 52-47, the republican-controlled senate agreed to limit debate on sessions. a final vote on confirming him to head the justice department, the nation’s top law enforcement job, is likely sometime this week.sessions, as is the custom for senators voting on their own nominations, cast a vote of “present.”(reporting by richard cowan and david morgan)






elaine chao is officially the new u.s. secretary of transportation


donald trump’s pick for u.s. secretary of transportation elaine chao received the confirmation of the full senate on tuesday. that’s the last hurdle for chao, who now becomes the head of the department of transportation, replacing the outgoing secretary anthony foxx, who was nominated by barack obama in 2013 and served until trump’s inauguration on january 20.chao served as the secretary of labor under george w. bush, and as deputy secretary of transportation under george h.w. bush, and was the least contentious of all of trump’s nominees for cabinet positions, both in terms of support from the senate and from industry leaders. chao has been a popular pick among tech industry executives focused on transportation, owing to her signalled interest in enlisting more public-private partnerships






elaine chao is officially the new u.s. secretary of transportation


donald trump’s pick for u.s. secretary of transportation elaine chao received the confirmation of the full senate on tuesday. that’s the last hurdle for chao, who now becomes the head of the department of transportation, replacing the outgoing secretary anthony foxx, who was nominated by barack obama in 2013 and served until trump’s inauguration on january 20.chao served as the secretary of labor under george w. bush, and as deputy secretary of transporation under george h.w. bush, and was the least contentious of all of trump’s nominees for cabinet positions, both in terms of support from the senate and from industry leaders. chao has been a popular pick among tech industry executives focused on transportation, owing to her signalled interest in enlisting more public-private partnerships






senate democrats boycott committee vote on trump nominees mnuchin and price


u.s. senate democrats on tuesday boycotted a planned committee vote on two of president donald trump’s nominees, steve mnuchin to be treasury secretary and tom price to head the health and human services department, making it impossible for the vote to go forward.democrats said they were delaying the vote because they wanted more information on price’s stock trades in an australian medical company and reports that mnuchin’s former bank, onewest, used automated “robosignings” of foreclosures, which apparently contradicted statements he made to senators.(reporting by susan cornwell)






senate panel byp es democratic boycott, approves hhs, treasury picks


the senate finance committee on wednesday approved president trump’s picks for health and treasury secretaries after republicans decided to suspend the panel’s rules and vote without any democrats present.the rule they suspended had required at least one democrat to be present for votes. it was the latest escalation in partisan tensions in the new congress. the senate finance committee approved rep. tom price, r-georgia, to become health and human services secretary and financier steve mnuchin to be treasury secretary by a pair of 14-0 votes.sen. orrin hatch, r-utah, the panel’s chairman, said the senate parliamentarian said such a change is consistent with committee and senate rules. “we took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagu






with its leadership delayed, treasury department business waits


a leadership vacuum at the treasury department is beginning to weigh on key areas of american economic policy, such as currency, sanctions and budget issues.three weeks after president donald trump took office, the senate was still debating his pick for treasury secretary, steven mnuchin, leaving what lawmakers say has been the longest gap between administrations at the department. in some good news for the president, the senate voted to confirm mnuchin monday night, 53-47.now that mnuchin's wait is over, the senate vetting process will begin afresh for about 20 appointees to other top treasury posts, from debt management to international affairs.for two of those key roles — undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, and assistant secretary of tax policy — four people have tu






watch live: kamala harris speaks against trump attorney general pick jeff sessio


sen. kamala harris laid out her opposition to president trump's pick for attorney general, sen. jeff sessions, wednesday in a speech on the senate floor. despite democrats' efforts, sessions is expected to be approved by the senate later wednesday. joining colleagues in more than 20 hours of speeches on the floor, the former california attorney general argued that sessions' civil rights record shows he's not qualified to be attorney general. "the united states attorney general enforces the principles that are the founding of our country, but i have seen no evidence in his record or his testimony that sen. sessions will approach this office in furtherance of these noble ideals," harris said. "the gains that out country has made are not permanent, and it is incumbent on the attorney gene






trump's secretary of state pick headed for senate approval


washington — president donald trump's nomination of rex tillerson for secretary of state is headed toward senate confirmation after several democrats crossed party lines to back the former exxon mobil ceo.the vote on tillerson, scheduled for wednesday, comes as tension continues to build among congressional republicans and democrats over trump's executive order on immigrants and refugees. minority leader chuck schumer declared the order a litmus test for trump's remaining cabinet choices. any that refuse to publicly reject the "horrible" new policy should be opposed, the new york democrat said.but the democrats just don't have the numbers to block tillerson from becoming the nation's chief diplomat. republicans hold a four-seat a ntage in the senate and during a procedural vote monday on t






the latest: price transfers business ownership to wife


washington — the latest on president donald trump's cabinet nominations (all times local):11:40 a.m.tom price, president donald trump's pick for health secretary, has amended his government ethics agreement as the senate prepares to debate and vote on his confirmation.in the amended agreement released wednesday, price says he has transferred ownership interest in a business to his wife. a senate aide says the company — chattahoochee ociates lp — is involved with medical buildings. price had previously said he would resign as managing partner but maintain a financial interest.price also reaffirmed that he will sell his stock in innate immunothe utics, an australian company trying to develop a drug for multiple sclerosis. democrats have criticized his purchase of the company's stock at a dis






treasury nominee heading for confirmation despite criticism


washington — president donald trump's pick for treasury secretary headed toward senate confirmation on monday despite strong objections by democrats that the former banker made much of his fortune by foreclosing on struggling homeowners during the financial crisis.republicans said steven mnuchin's long tenure in finance makes him qualified to run the treasury department, which will play a big role in developing trump's economic policy."he has experience managing large and complicated private-sector enterprises and in negotiating difficult compromises and making tough decisions — and being accountable for those decisions," said sen. orrin hatch, r-utah, chairman of the finance committee.votes on trump's cabinet nominees have exposed deep partisan divisions in the republican-controlled senat






trump cabinet: rex tillerson confirmed as top us diplomat


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption mr tillerson has spent his entire career, more than 40 years, working for exxon rex tillerson, the former chairman and ceo of exxon mobil, has been confirmed by the us senate to become president donald trump’s secretary of state.the texas native, 64, was cleared for full senate approval in a 56-43 vote.the vote e after senate republicans changed the rules in order to approve mr trump's nominees for health and treasury, despite a democratic boycott. mr tillerson, who has never held political office, faced intense scrutiny over his ties to russia.rex tillerson - the wildcard diplomatus puts missile test iran 'on notice'the former oil chief forged multibillion-dollar deals with russia's state oil company, rosneft, and was awarded the order of friendshi






senate to confirm trump budget chief


washington — the republican-controlled senate is poised to confirm president donald trump's choice to run the white house budget office on thursday and is on track to give his controversial pick to head the environmental protection agency a vote of confidence as well.mick mulvaney, a tea party lawmaker from south carolina, is set for a narrow confirmation to the budget office on thursday despite opposition from senate armed services committee chairman john mccain.mccain says mulvaney has a "poor record on defense spending" that is "fundamentally at odds with president trump's commitment to rebuild our military."immediately after the confirmation of mulvaney, the senate will turn to epa nominee scott pruitt, the staunchly conservative oklahoma attorney general. he should easily clear a proc






a divided, testy senate nears ok of trump health secretary – the denver post


washington (ap) — republicans pushed president donald trump’s choice for health secretary toward confirmation thursday in the testy senate’s fourth consecutive brawl over cabinet picks.rep. tom price, r-ga., seemed certain to win confirmation to head the health and human services department by a mostly party-line vote, testament to each side’s divergent views of him and the raw feelings that have enveloped washington.republicans see the conservative seven-term house member and orthopedic surgeon as a knowledgeable leader who will help scuttle president barack obama’s health care overhaul. democrats describe an ideologue who has a shady history of trading health care stocks and whose policies will snatch insurance coverage from americans.“he seems to have no higher priority than to terminat






updates on neil gorsuch, trump's pick for supreme court


washington (ap) — the latest on president donald trump’s nomination of neil gorsuch for the supreme court (all times local):2:15 p.m.the first phone call judge neil gorsuch made after being nominated to the supreme court was to judge merrick garland — former president barack obama’s pick for the bench.it was a courtesy call by gorsuch, president donald trump’s selection for the longstanding vacancy created by the death of justice antonin scalia a year ago.the republican-led senate never acted on garland’s nomination for that seat, much to the irritation of democrats who are now threatening to make trouble for gorsuch’s bid.the phone call by gorsuch was confirmed by ron bonjean, who is isting the judge through the nominations process___this is a breaking news update. check back soon for fur






trump cabinet: rex tillerson sworn in as top us diplomat


media captionrex tillerson: "i will always represent the interests of the american people at all times"rex tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of exxon mobil, has been sworn in as president donald trump’s secretary of state.the texas native, 64, was cleared for full senate approval in a 56-43 vote.the vote e after senate republicans changed the rules in order to approve mr trump's nominees for health and treasury, despite a democratic boycott. mr tillerson, who has never held political office, faced intense scrutiny over his ties to russia.rex tillerson - the wildcard diplomatus puts missile test iran 'on notice'as mr tillerson was sworn by the vice-president in the oval office, the president told him: "your whole life has prepared you for this moment." mr trump - who had ju






trump cabinet: rex tillerson sworn in as top us diplomat


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption mr tillerson has spent his entire career, more than 40 years, working for exxon rex tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of exxon mobil, has been sworn in as president donald trump’s secretary of state.the texas native, 64, was cleared for full senate approval in a 56-43 vote.the vote e after senate republicans changed the rules in order to approve mr trump's nominees for health and treasury, despite a democratic boycott. mr tillerson, who has never held political office, faced intense scrutiny over his ties to russia.rex tillerson - the wildcard diplomatus puts missile test iran 'on notice'as mr tillerson was sworn by the vice-preident at the white house, the president told him: "your whole life has prepared you for this moment." amer






trump tells gop senate leader to 'go nuclear' if dems block supreme court pick


president donald trump on wednesday endorsed the use of the "nuclear option" if needed to achieve senate confirmation of his supreme court nominee.citing partisan gridlock in washington, trump said at a white house event that he would support the approval of colorado federal appeals court judge neil gorsuch with 51 votes, instead of the 60 that have traditionally been required in the senate to break a filibuster."if we end up with that gridlock i would say, 'if you can, mitch, go nuclear,' " trump said, referring to senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky. "because that would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was put up to that neglect. i would say it's up to mitch, but i would say, 'go for it.' "trump's remarks come as democrats have launched a pitched battle over gorsuch






sessions nomination a nces to full senate – the mercury news


washington (ap) — the latest on president donald trump’s cabinet nominees (all times local):11:25 a.m.the senate judiciary committee has approved the nomination of sen. jeff sessions to be attorney general after angry exchanges between republicans and democrats.the 11-9 vote was along party lines. all the panel’s democrats voted against the nomination.the alabama republican is expected to be confirmed by the full senate. republicans have been strongly supportive of their colleague, arguing that he will follow the law and maintain traditional independence from president donald trump, if needed.democrats have expressed doubts that he would be able to say no to the president since he was one of his earliest and strongest defenders in the presidential paign.they also expressed concerns about w






the latest: senate moves epa nominee closer to approval


washington — the latest on president donald trump's cabinet nominations under senate consideration (all times local):11:40 a.m.president donald trump's controversial choice to lead the environmental protection agency has cleared a key hurdle in the republican-led senate.the senate has given an initial green light to the nomination of oklahoma attorney gen. scott pruitt on a 54-46 vote. pruitt won unanimous gop support on thursday's procedural tally, but maine republican susan collins says she'll oppose him in the final confirmation vote.pruitt is strongly opposed by environmental activists and by almost every democrat. collins says she doesn't trust him to protect human health and the environment.pruitt has sued the epa numerous times to try to overturn obama administration regulations.dem






trump announces labor secretary pick, alexander acosta, who would be only latino


president trump said thursday that he will nominate former justice department official  r. alexander acosta as labor secretary after his first pick, fast-food executive andy puzder, withdrew . if confirmed, acosta would be the only latino in trump’s cabinet. "he’ll be a tremendous secretary of labor," trump said at a news conference in the east room of the white house, noting that acosta was previously confirmed by the senate three times. acosta was assistant attorney general for the justice department’s civil rights division under former president george w. bush and also has served as u.s. attorney for the southern district of florida and as a member of the national labor relations board. since 2009, acosta has been dean of the law school at florida international university in miami.






trump's health secretary pick confirmed narrowly for cabinet


washington — president donald trump's new health secretary is set to take his post after becoming the latest cabinet nominee to eke out a confirmation victory in the bitterly divided senate.rep. tom price, r-ga., was scheduled to take his oath of office at the white house friday, just hours after the senate confirmed him 52-47 in a party-line vote. that roll call e in the dead of night, thanks to democrats' tactic of forcing prolonged debates to broadcast their opposition to trump and his team.as head of the health and human services department, price will take center stage as the administration and congressional republicans try delivering on their pledge to s president barack obama's health care law substitute their own programs. after years of trying, they finally command both the white






senate confirms steven mnuchin for treasury as critics voice their opposition to


share thistags2007 recession2018 electionconfirmationdean hellerdean heller (nv)democratic partydonald trumpfinancial crisisfiscal crisisgoldman sachsjoe manchinnevadaone west bankreal estate marketsenate confirmationsteven mnuchintax cutsus senateus treasurywall streetwest virginiathe u.s. senate remained divided down party lines over the confirmation of steven mnuchin as treasury secretary monday night. the senate voted 53-47, with all republicans voting for him and all democrats voting against, except joe manchin of west virginia.president trump said that with his new treasury secretary, “our nation’s financial system is truly in great hands.”“he’ll fight for middle-class tax reductions, financial reforms that open lending and create millions of new jobs and fiercely defend american tax






senate confirms steven mnuchin for treasury as critics voice their opposition to


share thistags2007 recession2018 electionconfirmationdean hellerdean heller (nv)democratic partydonald trumpfinancial crisisfiscal crisisgoldman sachsjoe manchinone west bankreal estate marketsenate confirmationsteven mnuchintax cutsus senateus treasurywall streetwest virginiathe u.s. senate remained divided down party lines over the confirmation of steven mnuchin as treasury secretary monday night. the senate voted 53-47, with all republicans voting for him and all democrats voting against, except joe manchin of west virginia.president trump said that with his new treasury secretary, “our nation’s financial system is truly in great hands.”“he’ll fight for middle-class tax reductions, financial reforms that open lending and create millions of new jobs and fiercely defend american tax dolla






2 scary acronyms in a military town: brac and rif


two acronyms have popped up in the news that are scary for a military town like san diego: brac and rif.two heavy-hitter congressmen say they want to put base closures back on the table.adam smith, a washington state democrat on the house armed services committee, said he’ll introduce a bill to give the pentagon the authority to conduct another round of base realignment and closure discussions, known as brac, in 2019."we should not be wasting hard-earned taxpayer money to maintain excess infrastructure that dod has determined it does not need," smith said in a statement. "it is time to do what's right for defense and move forward with this process."arizona sen. john mccain, the republican who chairs the senate armed services committee, apparently agrees."we need to talk about it, i think i