New OMB chief faces multiple tests pushing Trump agenda
Mick Mulvaney, the new White House budget chief, spent 62 days and endured two tough hearings before being confirmed by a divided Senate yesterday. But as he moves into his new digs in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the coming days, his massive to-do list might make his contentious confirmation seem easy.
Senate confirms Mulvaney, launches Pruitt debate
The Senate backed Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as White House budget director this morning in a largely partisan vote, clearing the way for an even more contentious battle over U.S. EPA administrator nominee Scott Pruitt.
Senate GOP maneuvers to confirm Pruitt by tomorrow
Senate Republicans are insisting U.S. EPA nominee Scott Pruitt will be confirmed by the end of this week, despite near-solid Democratic resistance and at least one GOP opponent.
Cabinet logjam slows Hill energy plans
The Senate's slow pace of confirming President Trump's Cabinet — which remains mired in partisan fighting over the administration's agenda, various controversies associated with individual nominees, as well as allegations of contact between the president's campaign and Russian intelligence officials prior to his inauguration — is slowing committee plans to move legislation, top GOP lawmakers said yesterday.
Labor pick Puzder withdraws from consideration
Fast food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew as President Trump's pick for Labor secretary this afternoon, according to a statement.