— The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Jewish groups reacted along ideological lines to Friday’s confirmation, which came after Republicans invoked the “nuclear option” allowing them to lower the threshold of Senate votes needed for Gorsuch’s nomination to a simple majority of 51. Gorsuch had initially failed to garner the…
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate confirmed David Friedman, a confidante of President Donald Trump who outraged some Jewish groups with his broadsides against liberal Jews, as ambassador to Israel. The 52-46 vote on Thursday afternoon hewed mostly to party lines. Only two Democrats — Sens. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Joe Manchin of…
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat, brought the heat to Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing Tuesday for his decision as an appellate judge in the “Frozen Trucker” case.
“I voted against the nomination of Betsy DeVos… because she is the most incompetent cabinet-level nominee I have ever seen,” Al Franken wrote.
The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday backed President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the U.S. Treasury, Jack Lew, despite some concerns about his perks from previous employers, clearing the way for a confirmation vote in the full Senate.
A top Republican senator on Wednesday said he was unsatisfied with U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew’s response to questions about a loan he received from a previous employer and was requesting more information before the Senate committee considering the nomination is asked to vote.
Two centrist Jewish groups called for further review of Chuck Hagel’s record in light of an account of a 2007 speech in which he allegedly said the State Department acted as an “adjunct” of Israel’s foreign ministry.
Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be U.S. defense secretary went into political limbo on Thursday as Republicans stepped up blocking tactics and Democrats accused them of putting the country at risk by delaying the filling of a major security post.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made an impassioned appeal on Thursday for confirmation of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of defense, as Republicans said he might not get the 60 votes needed to overcome roadblocks preventing a vote on his confirmation.
Senate Democrats filed a motion on Wednesday to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of defense after Republicans refused to allow a vote, setting up a showdown vote by Friday.