January is poised to be a volatile month with Senate committee hearings to approve Trump Cabinet picks.
Republicans in the US Senate will prioritize the confirmation hearings of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees before Inauguration Day, with the hope they will be in place on day one of his presidency, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a briefing on Wednesday.
McConnell pointed out that Senate Republicans would process a waiver for the nominee for Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis.
Mattis requires a waiver to serve in the post because he retired from active military duty less than seven years ago. The US Constitution requires certain presidential appointments, including Cabinet-level positions, to be confirmed by the Senate. McConnell also said he believed all of Trump’s nominees would be confirmed.