Mattis, Kelly to Get Confirmation Votes Friday, Schumer Says

Sen. Chuck Schumer delivers remarks before Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Friday January 20 in Washington D.C

Schumer said that following the votes on Mattis and Kelly on Friday, Democrats favor beginning debate on Representative Mike Pompeo, nominated to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

And debate is expected to begin on the nomination of Mike Pompeo - a Republican congressman from Kansas - to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

Republicans, who hold a 52-seat-majority in the Senate, need only 51 votes to confirm Trump's nominees. Nature will cover the proceedings as they happen. The nominations are set to receive their hearings before Trump's inauguration a week from Friday, so they can be put to a vote.

"This is a swamp Cabinet full of bankers of billionaires", Schumer told a crowd of reporters on Capitol Hill, referencing Trump's campaign promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington. However, Democrats have the power under Senate rules to drag out the process by insisting on days of debate before a vote.

"I looked at their records.and I think they'd be very good", Schumer said.

The Democrat senator specifically called out Georgia Rep. Tom Price, Trump's pick for Health and Human Services Secretary, who has been a vocal proponent of Medicare overhaul.

But so far, Republicans do not seem to be parting ways with Trump's cabinet picks in large enough numbers to threaten their fate on the Senate floor. He said he is still negotiating with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.



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