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President Trump’s cabinet members get confirmed

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President Trump’s cabinet members get confirmed

Jeff Sessions speaking at an immigration policy speech hosted by Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo by Creative Commons).

Jeff Sessions speaking at an immigration policy speech hosted by Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo by Creative Commons).

Jeff Sessions speaking at an immigration policy speech hosted by Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo by Creative Commons).

Jeff Sessions speaking at an immigration policy speech hosted by Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo by Creative Commons).

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President Trump’s cabinet has begun to take shape in the past several days. Below are some of his significant nominees:

Betsy DeVos

• DeVos is a well-known republican donor, and was nominated to be the Secretary of Education by President Trump
• Democrats attempted to filibuster the nomination overnight, claiming that she does not have experience with public school reform
• Her position was confirmed by a Senate vote, which was 51-50 in her favor

Jeff Sessions

• Sessions is a republican senator from Alabama, who was nominated to be Attorney General
• A 52 to 47 vote confirmed his position, which was debated and fought against by many democrats
• The majority of his policies line up with those of President Trump, especially concerning trade and immigration

Tom Price

• Price was confirmed by the Senate in a vote of 52-47 to be Secretary of Human and Health Services
• This puts him in charge of President Trump’s push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, put into place by Barack Obama
• His policies deal with reducing the impacts of Medicare and Medicaid as well as other areas of healthcare

Rex Tillerson

• Tillerson was the CEO and chairman of ExxonMobil, the sixth largest corporation in the world, until 2016
• He has close business ties with many republicans, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin
• His nomination was confirmed by a 56-43 senate vote, and he was sworn in as Secretary of State immediately after

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