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Mar 07, 2017
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Cabinet is taking Longer than Normal to Fill
WASHINGTON—Nearly three weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, the Senate has approved just a handful of his cabinet picks in what has been the slowest pace of confirmations in decades.
The process has been hamstrung in part by a lack of prenomination vetting by Mr. Trump’s transition team, according to a potential nominee and emails from the U.S. ethics office. Democratic senators have seized upon issues involving several nominees to slow down action on them, saying the nominees have complex financial records that require further examination.
Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos
as secretary of education
—just the fifth cabinet appointee approved thus far. Votes are expected this week on Jeff Sessions’s nomination for attorney general and Tom Price, who is slated to head the Department of Health and Human Services. The Senate may also
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