Tuesday, January 20, 2009

General Shinseki is confirmed as Secretary of the VA, SALUTE

Senate approves 7 Obama nominees

The Swamp
by Jim Tankersley

The Senate quickly confirmed seven of President Obama's cabinet nominees this afternoon, mere hours after the Inauguration - but it left many more, including Hillary Clinton, to wait at least another day.

Among those winning approval by unanimous consent: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Energy Secretary Steven Chu; Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget; Eric Shinseki, the secretary of Veterans' Affairs; and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Secretary-of-State-nominee Clinton was originally expected to make that list, but Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) held her up by a day over conflict-of-interest objections to her husband, former Bill Clinton, and his charitable foundation's foreign donors.

Others who face a more protracted process include Labor nominee Hilda Solis, Treasury nominee Timothy Geithner, Attorney General nominee Eric Holder and Transportation nominee Ray LaHood. Obama also still needs tp nominate a commerce secretary pick to replace Bill Richardson, who withdrew from consideration amidst a scandal in his home state New Mexico.

Most observers expect all of Obama's nominees to eventually win confirmation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urged as much in a statement this afternoon.

"President Obama has nominated a cabinet of exceptionally bright and capable people," Reid said. "They represent a cross-section of our country, geographically and politically. It is up to us, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, to confirm these worthy nominees quickly so that they, along with our new President, can hit the ground running."
Senate approves 7 Obama nominees


I hope General Shinseki moves quickly to adopt many of the transition teams recommendations for fixing what is wrong with the compensation claims process and Dr. Linda Blimes is finally paid attention to, her recommendations will help the disabled veterans of this nation and it will ease the workload of the regional office employees. Instead of wasting time making every veteran prove every claim, and being antagonistic to disabled veterans andtheir widows, maybe they can focus on thier mission and HELP the nations veterans.

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