Obama Plans First Full (Almost) Cabinet Meeting
By Ceci Connolly
Three months into his tenure, President Obama seems eager to sit around the conference table with his entire Cabinet.
In his radio address Saturday, he said: "This Monday, at my first, full Cabinet meeting, I will ask all of my department and agency heads for specific proposals for cutting their budgets."
But he'll have to wait a little longer. It seems Obama's getting ahead of Congress, that other branch of government that has the power to confirm or reject those Cabinet nominees.
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's second choice to be secretary of health and human services, still awaits Senate confirmation. So technically, the full Obama Cabinet is not yet in place.
A vote in the Senate Finance Committee was delayed just before the spring recess when Republican lawmakers said they wanted more time to dissect her record. Committee chairman Max Baucus has announced he wants the panel to discuss the timing of the vote when it meets Tuesday to discuss health care reform.
A White House spokesman confirmed Sunday that Sebelius will not attend the Cabinet meeting, nor will Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He has been confirmed, but the White House said he's headed to Italy for G-8 talks.
Posted by: JakeD | April 20, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: farang1 | April 20, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: racam | April 19, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: scrivener50 | April 19, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.