By Amie Parnes - 01/09/13 10:40 PM EST
Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderRacial undercurrents inflame Uber fight over background checks Chaffetz seeks to hold Obama official in contempt over water rule Eric Holder goes to bat for Uber MORE and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusFighting for assisted living facilities The chaotic fight for ObamaCare California exchange CEO: Insurers ‘throwing ObamaCare under the bus’ MORE will stay in their positions in President Obama’s second term, White House officials said Thursday.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric ShinsekiEric ShinsekiVeterans group blasts VA secretary, despite words of regret Cruz: VA secretary 'should resign' VA secretary refuses to apologize for Disney comments MORE also will remain, the officials said.
Seventeen Democrats voted in favor of placing Holder in contempt in the 255-67 vote. The House was also authorized in a separate 258-95 vote to take civil action against Holder, a step it took because the Department of Justice did not intend to pursue the criminal contempt measure. Twenty-one Democrats voted for the civil action.
Holder and Democrats said the probe and vote pushed by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) were politically motivated.
“Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided and politically motivated investigation during an election year,” Holder said at the time. “By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety.”
The White House has been facing criticism about diversity in the Cabinet and in the halls of the West Wing, but Holder's and Sebelius's decisions to stay keep a high-profile African-American and a woman in Obama's Cabinet.
Obama's last two appointments — Sen. John KerryJohn KerryIsrael’s false friends Kerry questions whether Brexit will actually happen Budowsky: Save Europe, revote Brexit MORE (D-Mass.) and former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelThere's still time for another third-party option Hagel says NATO deployment could spark a new Cold War with Russia Overnight Defense: House panel unveils 5B defense spending bill MORE (R-Neb.) — are white men. And Obama is expected to nominate White House chief of staff Jack LewJack LewSenate clears Puerto Rico debt bill for final passage Regulators pull back 'systemically important' label for the first time IRS inversion rules face blowback MORE to be Treasury secretary as soon as this week.
The White House also announced Wednesday that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis would leave the administration.
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday, responding to a White House-released photo of a mostly-male inner circle staff, said it was "not reflective of the diversity of the White House staff."
—This story was posted at 4:53 p.m. and updated at 5:40 p.m.