It will be a busy day for politics today, and Wednesday. The Senate will host four confirmation hearings for president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. Outgoing President Obama gives his farewell address tonight in Chicago. Meanwhile Mr. Trump has scheduled to hold his first news conference for tomorrow.
From WCCO: Starting Tuesday, the Senate will begin its first round of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. So, what is the process for confirming those picks? Heather Browns answers this Good Question (3:06). WCCO 4 News At 10 – Jan. 9, 2017
From FiveThirtyEight.com: The Confirmation Hearing Schedule Is Packed — Again
On Wednesday, five of Donald Trump’s nominees for high-level administration positions are scheduled to face Senate committees for their confirmation hearings. UPDATE (Jan. 9, 11:16 p.m.): The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions announced on Monday night that the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, will be moved to Jan. 17. With that change, there are four hearings scheduled for Wednesday, not five.
From The New York Times: What to Watch For in Washington: Confirmation Hearings and Trump Meeting the Press
WASHINGTON — A blizzard of confirmation hearings. President Obama’s farewell speech. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s first news conference since July. And, yes, something called a “vote-a-rama” in Congress.
In the throes of a chaotic political moment by any measure, the coming week stands out as especially — and, perhaps, strategically — overstuffed.
From Politico: Trump’s Cabinet picks: A rundown of upcoming hearings
January is poised to be a volatile month that’s jam-packed with Senate committee hearings to approve President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks. Here is a look at the nominees and their upcoming hearing schedules.
From FOX News: Trump picks for attorney general, DHS kick off week of confirmation hearings
President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees to lead the departments of Justice and Homeland Security will appear before Senate commitees Tuesday to kick off what is likely to be a contentious confirmation process.
Late Monday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., announced that he would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee against the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. Booker will be joined by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. — the head of the Congressional Black Caucus — as part of an effort by Democrats to portray Sessions as out of the mainstream on civil rights legislation.