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Biden rolls out group of deputy secretary nominees

Biden rolls out group of deputy secretary nominees
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE on Monday announced a slate of nominees to serve as deputy secretaries across his administration, further filling out his team just two days before he will take office. 

Biden announced nominees to serve as deputy secretaries at the departments of Interior, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Education. All five of the nominees are women. 

The transition team also officially announced that he would nominate Rohit Chopra, a member of the Federal Trade Commission, to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Gary GenslerGary GenslerSEC creates task force for climate, ESG violations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls On The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist MORE, the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under the Obama administration, to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission. Those nominations had been previously reported.

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Biden plans to nominate Elizabeth Klein, who worked in the Interior Department during the Clinton and Obama administrations, as deputy secretary of the Interior under Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandTrump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski Indigenous leadership is a linchpin to solving environmental crises The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote MORE (D-N.M.); Jewel Bronaugh, the commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as deputy secretary of Agriculture under Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE; and Andrea Palm, the current secretary-designee of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, as deputy secretary of Health and Human Services under Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Health Care: Biden slams Texas, Mississippi for lifting coronavirus restrictions: 'Neanderthal thinking' | Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra |Over 200K sign up for ACA plans during Biden special enrollment period Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra GOP targets Manchin, Sinema, Kelly on Becerra MORE

The president-elect will also nominate Polly Trottenberg, New York City’s transportation commissioner, as deputy secretary of Transportation under Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Senate begins marathon vote-a-rama before .9T COVID-19 relief passage The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote Biden turns focus to next priority with infrastructure talks MORE and Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego unified school district, as deputy secretary of Education under Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaDeVos's student aid chief resigns from Education Department Biden faces criticism over push to vaccinate teachers Overnight Health Care: Biden slams Texas, Mississippi for lifting coronavirus restrictions: 'Neanderthal thinking' | Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra |Over 200K sign up for ACA plans during Biden special enrollment period MORE

“Our administration will hit the ground running to deliver immediate, urgent relief to Americans; confront the overlapping crises of COVID-19, the historic economic downturn, systemic racism and inequality, and the climate crisis; and get this government working for the people it serves,” Biden said in a statement Monday.

“These tireless public servants will be a key part of our agenda to build back better — and I am confident they will help make meaningful change and move our country forward,” he continued.

All but two of the newly-announced nominees for deputy secretary positions — Marten and Bronaugh — worked in positions in the Obama administration in the agencies where they will serve in the Biden administration if confirmed.

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Marten has been an educator for more than three decades, serving in various positions including as a teacher, superintendent and principal. 

Bronaugh, who if confirmed would be the first woman of color to serve as deputy secretary of Agriculture, was tapped by then-Secretary Vilsack to serve as Virginia state executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency during the Obama administration. Vilsack also hopes to reprise his role as Agriculture chief in the Biden administration.

The announcement comes as Biden prepares to be sworn in as the 46th president on Wednesday. Last week, Biden rolled out a $1.9 trillion economic relief proposal that he wants Congress to swiftly pass and also laid out his coronavirus vaccination plan. He also plans to sign roughly a dozen executive orders on his first day as president to address issues including immigration, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s unclear how quickly the Senate will process Biden’s nominees. The first nomination hearings for members of his Cabinet begin on Tuesday, and it appears that Biden will enter office without a single Cabinet member confirmed on Wednesday.

The incoming administration is expected to appoint acting agency heads when Biden takes over, including career government officials and potentially a few Trump appointees, to helm various departments until a permanent secretary is confirmed.