Just hours after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were sworn into office, the Senate handed the duo their first victory, confirming six Cabinet membersincluding Eric Shinseki to head the Veterans Affairs Departmentin a single vote.
Former Congressional Budget Office Director Peter Orszag, who refocused that agency on the specifics of healthcare financing, also was confirmed as director of the White Houses Office of Management and Budget.
HHS nominee Tom Daschle and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been named to lead the State Department, were not part of this wave of confirmations. Daschle has yet to appear in front of the Senate Finance Committee, a preliminary step needed before a full senate vote. Both Daschle and Clinton, however, are expected to easily be confirmed.
In a written statement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called Obamas Cabinet members key to a legislative agenda bent on turning around the sagging U.S. economy. In the coming days, weeks and months, we will work with President Obama to revive our economy, protect homeowners and consumers, bring our country closer to energy independence, strengthen our national security and improve access to healthcare and education, he said.
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