Senate kicks final vote on Mnuchin to Monday, tees up Trump's VA pick
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The Senate is kicking a final vote on Steven Mnuchin's nomination to lead the Treasury Department to next week, avoiding a rare Saturday morning vote. 

 
Democrats don't have the ability to block President Trump's nominees on their own. Only a simple majority is needed to confirm Cabinet nominees, and Republicans have 52 seats.
 
But they could have forced a rare weekend session and delayed a final vote on the longtime Goldman Sachs executive until approximately 8 a.m. Saturday. Under Senate rules, any one senator can object to a deal to speed up votes.
 
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Instead, senators will have up to seven hours to debate Mnuchin's nomination on Monday, setting up a final vote for 7 p.m. 
 
The announcement comes after senators signaled on Thursday that, while the details weren't locked down, they expected that they would ultimately avoid the Saturday vote. 
 
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy GOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Overnight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban MORE (Texas) — the Senate's No. 2 Republican — told reporters that while under "regular order" senators would stay in through part of the weekend, “if experience is any indicator, we’ll come to some agreement to shorten that. We just don’t know yet.” 
 
 
McConnell also set up votes on two noncontroversial Trump nominees, which could give senators a brief respite from the all-night marathons sparked by a slate of more contentious picks this week.
 
On Monday the Senate will vote on David Shulkin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is currently the agency's undersecretary of health. Shulkin cleared the Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously earlier this week. 
 
 
"I believe Dr. Shulkin’s bipartisan support from the committee is indicative of the vote he’ll receive on the Senate floor, and I am calling on Senate leaders to confirm him in a timely fashion," he said in a statement.
 
On Tuesday, the Senate will vote on Linda McMahon's nomination to lead the Small Business Administration.