As President Donald Trump looks to fill his Cabinet, several of his nominees will take an important step toward confirmation Tuesday as they get a vote in the committees with jurisdiction over their nominations.
All these nominees have already appeared before the relevant committees for hearings. If a simple majority vote to advance the nominee, the full Senate will vote on his or her confirmation. Since Republicans control the Senate, they have a the majority in the committees.
So far, three of Mr. Trump’s Cabinet nominees -- Defense Secretary James Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and CIA Director Mike Pompeo -- have been confirmed by the full Senate and sworn in. And on Monday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to advance Rex Tillerson’s nomination as secretary of state, meaning he will now get a vote by the full Senate.
Here are the nominees who received committee votes Tuesday:
10 a.m. ET: Ben Carson, Elaine Chao, Wilbur Ross approved in committee
The Senate Banking Committee approved Ben Carson as the nominee for secretary of housing and urban development,
12 p.m. ET: Nikki Haley
At noon on Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to approve Nikki Haley’s nomination as ambassador to the United Nations. Haley appeared before the committee for a hearing last week.
Several votes scheduled for Tuesday morning have since been postponed. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that the committee’s vote on Jeff Sessions as attorney general would be delayed for one week.
And the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has postponed the committee votes for energy secretary nominee Rick Perry and interior secretary nominee Ryan Zinke. No new date has been announced for those votes.