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Ben Carson Approved as New Head of HUD

Trump's former rival for the presidency says he wants to bring a 'more holistic approach'

(Newser) - Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who challenged Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination, won Senate confirmation Thursday to join Trump's Cabinet as housing secretary. Six Democrats and one independent joined 51 Republicans in voting for Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the AP reports.... More »

Trump's Labor Pick Says He Broke Labor Laws

Admits unknowingly hiring undocumented worker

(Newser) - President Trump's nominee for labor secretary says a housekeeper he previously employed at his home was an undocumented worker, potentially complicating his efforts to get confirmed, reports the AP . Andrew Puzder said in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife employed a housekeeper for a few years and... More »

DeVos Clears One of Last Obstacles to Confirmation

Vote will take place early next week

(Newser) - Betsy DeVos cleared a major hurdle in the Senate to become the next education secretary despite vigorous opposition from Democrats. Senators voted 52-48 to cut off debate at dawn Friday, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote next week on President Trump's nominee, reports the AP . Two Republican... More »

GOP Advances 2 Nominees With No Democrats Present

After Democratic boycott, Finance Committee Republicans change the rules

(Newser) - Democrats found a way Tuesday to use the Senate's own rules to stall two of President Trump's Cabinet nominees. On Wednesday, Republicans retaliated in the simplest of ways: They changed those rules. As a result, the names of Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin and Health and Human Services nominee... More »

DeVos Clears Committee as Questions About Citing Raised

Vote on Betsy DeVos as education secretary moves to Senate floor

(Newser) - It's now up to the Senate to decide whether Betsy DeVos will be America's next education secretary. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday voted 12-11 along party lines to send the Michigan billionaire's nomination to the floor, though two Republicans on the... More »

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