By J. Taylor Rushing - 01/19/09 07:13 PM EST
The Senate on Tuesday is expected to attempt unanimous-approval votes of President-elect Obama’s Cabinet nominees, but it is uncertain who will be cleared by the upper chamber on Inauguration Day.
The 15 names also include Attorney General nominee Eric HolderEric H. HolderThe Hill's 12:30 Report McConnell: Holder ‘one of the worst’ attorneys general ever Holder: Snowden performed a 'public service' MORE, Agriculture Secretary nominee Tom VilsackThomas J. VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE, Education Secretary nominee Arne DuncanArne DuncanIn search of the surest Common Core exit route The opt-out movement and the coddling epidemic Senate approves Obama education chief MORE, Homeland Security Secretary nominee Janet Napolitano, Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar, Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis, Energy Secretary nominee Steven Chu, Environmental Protection Agency Secretary nominee Lisa Jackson and Deputy Defense Secretary nominee William Lynn.
The list does not include all nominees, such as Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Daschle or Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy Geithner.
At least some of the names are unlikely to receive unanimous approval — Holder, for example, has not yet been approved by the Judiciary Committee, and Clinton’s nomination was opposed last week in the Foreign Relations Committee by Sen. David VitterDavid VitterOvernight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Paul blocks chemical safety bill in Senate House Republican pushes bill to 'curb regulatory overreach' MORE (R-La.).
Still, the anticipated unanimous consent moves show that Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHillary's ObamaCare problem Sanders tests Wasserman Schultz Nearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo MORE (D-Nev.) and Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinSenate contradicts itself on Gitmo Dems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals How airport security lines got so bad MORE (D-Ill.) want to fill Obama’s Cabinet quickly.
Little legislative business is expected otherwise in either the House or Senate on Tuesday, with most of the day devoted to Inaugural events. No roll-call votes are scheduled, although both chambers will be in session — the House convenes at 10 a.m., the Senate at 3 p.m.
Wednesday or Thursday could bring a final Senate vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The bid for cloture on the bill fell four votes short last April, but with strengthened Democratic majorities in Congress, the bill is expected to pass in the 111th Congress.
The House passed its Ledbetter bill 247-171 earlier this month and the Senate last week voted 72-23 to invoke cloture on the measure, which would allow greater leeway for employees to sue employers for wage discrimination.
In the House this week, three powerful committees (Appropriations, Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce) will mark up the economic stimulus bill.