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Fed Nominees Move a Step Closer to Confirmation

President Joe Biden’s nominees to the Federal Reserve moved a step closer to confirmation Thursday after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer entered procedural motions for two of them, setting up for a potential vote after lawmakers return from Easter Break on April 25. The filing of the motions on Michigan State University’s Lisa Cook, nominated…


Senate Confirms Ex-Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel as US Ambassador to Japan

The Senate confirmed former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel as U.S. ambassador to Japan in a middle-of-the night vote early Saturday that saw eight Republicans backing his nomination and three Democrats voting against. Emanuel, who also served as White House chief of staff for then-President Barack Obama, was confirmed after Senators voted 48–21 with Sens. Elizabeth…


Graham Rejects Request for Feb. 8 Confirmation Hearing for Biden’s Attorney General Pick

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) on Feb. 1 denied a request from Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin to hold a Feb. 8 confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general. Durbin had requested the Feb. 8 hearing in a letter and Graham responded with a missive of his own. Graham…


Biden’s Nominees Promptly Confirmed, So Far

Senate Republicans are mounting much less opposition to President Joe Biden’s major appointees in 2021 than Democrats did against President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees in 2017. Four of Biden’s top picks have been confirmed quickly by the Senate, which is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice-President Kamala Harris (D-Calif) providing the tie-breaking vote…