21
Jan
09

Confirmations within Hours after Being Sworn Into Office

Hours after he was sworn in as president, Barack Obama’s administration has taken shape, as the Senate quickly approved seven of the new president’s nominees for top-level positions.

Here’s some of the positions confirmed and some yet to attend to as outlined in the release from Politico:

By voice vote, the Senate approved Steven Chu as Energy secretary, Arne Duncan as Education secretary, Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security secretary, Peter Orzag as head of the Office of Management and Budget and Tom Vilsack as secretary of Agriculture.

On Wednesday, the Senate will take up the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as Obama’s secretary of State, and Majority Leader Harry Reid said the rest of the nominees will be confirmed “soon.”

Other nominees, including Timothy Geithner for Treasury, Tom Daschle for Health and Human Services, Ray LaHood for Transportation and Dennis Blair for Director of National Intelligence, will get hearings before the end of the week.

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