Monday, January 30, 2017
This week: Republicans aim to break jam on Trump nominees
At The Hill by Jordain Carney and Cristina Marcos --
A fight over President Trump's nominees is poised to come to a head in the Senate as GOP leadership tries to break a logjam on the picks.
Trump wrapped up his first week in office with only four nominees confirmed by senators, lagging behind the roughly seven President Obama got confirmed on his first day in 2009.
Republicans are preparing to begin forcing votes on his remaining nominees.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that lawmakers will "in a more fulsome way move into approving Cabinet appointments, both controversial and non-controversial."
The Senate's top Republican moved last week to set up a vote on Rex Tillerson's nomination to lead the State Department amid fierce opposition from Democrats.
Senators will take a procedural vote on Tillerson on Monday evening with a simple majority needed to move forward, setting up final passage for early this week.
Democrats face an uphill battle to block any of Trump's Cabinet picks.