January 20th, 2009
04:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Senate confirms 6 Obama Cabinet officials, OMB director

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In an early expected victory for President Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate approved seven high-ranking administration officials Tuesday afternoon.

Only hours after Obama's swearing-in ceremony, Steven Chu was confirmed as energy secretary, along with Arne Duncan as secretary of education, former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security, former Sen. Ken Salazar as secretary of the interior, retired Gen. Eric Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs, and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture.

Peter Orszag was also approved as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

All seven were approved on a single voice vote.

A roll-call vote for Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton is expected to be held Wednesday. Clinton's nomination was delayed by a day and forced to a roll call vote because of an objection filed Tuesday by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Nee

    This is good, we need for business to start.

    January 20, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Mike

    The Republicans have already started playing their BS games. He "objects" and puts it on hold. What crap.
    This is just the start of the Republicans slowing down Obama.

    January 20, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. adam

    I am from TX ~ and John Cornyn's opponent is going to get all of my support, fiscal as well as logistic. Heck, I may even try to get him into a primary race to weaken him, too.

    He is a bad politician ... and, on behalf of like minded Texans, I apologize for allowing him to win his seat.

    January 20, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Donna

    This is unacceptable. Because of the unrest all over the world Hillary Clinton's vote should have taken place today. Shame on you Senator Cornyn for playing politics at a time like this. Let this not be a sign of things to come.

    January 20, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Greg Davis

    John Cornyn needs to get over it. Obama is now the President. It's time we stop the devisive politics that we have been dealing with for the past eight years

    January 20, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Joe

    Cornyn is a bum. What kind of point is there to make with this, delaying the inevitable and becoming a force of conflict during a time when solidarity is needed.

    January 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Tracy M.

    Do you live in Texas? Call or write Cornyn right NOW! Whether you support this petty move or not, you need to let your voices be heard. It's time we took back our country. Past time.

    January 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Mobius

    He objected because she's as qualified to run State as he is the country. Good reason to give pause and rethink things.

    January 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |

    yeah and Cornyn;s commercials for re-election here in Texas were about how he was tired of partian-ship.

    Right, now he is the only one that wants to leave the country without a Secretary of State.

    Just another rethug obstructionist, being a pain in the arse, because he can.

    We will remember.

    January 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Angie

    John Cornyn is one of those stupid, stuck in the dark John Cornyn repub's.he is a leftover bush lacky. texas needs to get rid of him. LOSER.

    January 20, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Rick in WA

    Yeah, how dare you...taking that "advice and consent" stuff seriously! And for those of you who don't get my post–take PoliSci 101.

    January 20, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. European American

    Look folks like it or not, Cornyn has the right to request what he did. Hillary Clinton is going to be Secretary of State so if there is any questionable dealings from her husband that may be a conflict of interest to her. We the people need to know.
    Is it going to be like this every time a republican questions anything?
    Partisan politics! Democrats- either agree with them or you are just being Partisan! You are dividing the nation if you don't just go along.

    January 20, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. legal in nc

    Funny I didn't see any of you hypocrits screaming when the democrats did the same thing to Bush.

    Just shows you immaturity children,,, grow up!

    January 20, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. KW, Vail AZ

    It's OK. Let Republicans like THIS ONE keep digging. They'll lose even more seats in 2010.

    January 20, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Whaa, Whaa, Whaa. Hey, I want Sir Hillary to get into office, and start fixing the bad reputation that the USA has gotten due to the last President. Whining over the Republics doing something that the Dems stated Bill Clinton should have done is actually an Honorable thing. Jeez! You people wouldn't think that A Democrat wouldn't try to slip something in at the last minute. I mean, it is chaotic, would a Dem like Pelosi, Reid, Barney Franks, and numerous others try something so outlandish???!!! All Joking aside, we need Obama and Hilary to move forward and get things done, and the best way to do that is to get his huge American backers to fight the Republicans AND the Democrats to do what is right, and not what is easy!! We should really find a way to make the Congressional and Senatorial positions limit the time to 3 terms. Maybe then, we can get rid of the corruption!!

    January 20, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Greg Davis – just because the messiah is now in office, doesn't mean Mr. Cornyn has to keep his mouth shut. He's just doing his job as he see fit, unlike the democRAT spending machine counting your money so they can spend it. I would think you all should be more concerned about queen PElosi's demand that Nobama repeal the Bush tax cuts now. OH, I forgot, you people that voted this crap into office don't work or even pay taxes so you don't know what tax cuts are. Oops.

    January 20, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. MM

    The republicans can't give Hillary a break.....Didn't you see what the people wanted Hillary and barack..let it go Cornyn

    January 20, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Mike, FL

    I am glad to see Reps and Dems getting together to get things done!

    We are in a very mess economy unseen since the great depression and we can't afford to fight over ideology!!

    January 20, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. Steve Green

    John Cornyn is an idiot! That is really bad form!

    January 20, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. Mari


    HOPE WON......... HOPE WON......... HOPE WON........ HOPE WON!

    January 20, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |