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Biden to hold first Cabinet meeting on Thursday

Biden to hold first Cabinet meeting on Thursday
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President BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE will hold his first Cabinet meeting on Thursday, days after the Senate confirmed all 15 of the president’s Cabinet secretaries.

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers White House: Florida 'moving in the wrong direction' with voting law As US pulls out of Afghanistan, al Qaeda says war 'on all other fronts' to continue: report MORE confirmed the plans during an exchange with reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday afternoon.

Biden will "convene his first full Cabinet meeting just a day after rolling out his American Jobs Plan, which will be a key topic of discussion," she said. 

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"The focus of the meeting will be working together to continue implementing and communicating about the American rescue plan and how it continues to deliver for working families, discussing the role Cabinet members will play in advocating for the American Job plan, and ensuring we accelerate our federal COVID-19 response, and that Americans don't let their guards down," she said. 

Jean-Pierre said that the cabinet meeting will take place in the East Room in order to adhere to social distancing protocols. 

The meeting was first reported by the Associated Press

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All 16 permanent members of the Cabinet, which includes the vice president and heads of the executive departments, will attend the meeting in person, according to the AP.

Biden’s core Cabinet was officially completed on March 22, when the Senate confirmed Marty WalshMarty WalshStudy: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B On The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Former AFL-CIO official tapped to lead Labor Department division MORE as secretary of Labor.

Other Cabinet-ranked officials, including White House chief of staff Ron KlainRon KlainNew models for pandemic response can be found in existing agencies Biden sees Trump rematch as real possibility White House says Biden won't 'underestimate Trump' if he runs in 2024 MORE and Director of National Intelligence Avril HainesAvril HainesDomestic security is in disarray: We need a manager, now more than ever Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? States step in as Congress fails to fight foreign influence MORE, will also attend in person, the wire service reported.

In total, the White House said 25 people will attend the meeting, according to the AP.

Biden’s Cabinet, however, is not yet fully complete. The president still has to nominate someone to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget, after Neera TandenNeera TandenManchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Manchin touts rating as 'most bipartisan senator' Manchin says he doesn't support DC statehood, election reform bills MORE, Biden’s initial pick for the job, withdrew her nomination after it was met with opposition in the Senate.

Shalanda Young, the acting budget head who was recently confirmed to be deputy director of the OMB, will attend the Cabinet meeting, the AP reported.

Additionally, Eric LanderEric LanderBiden offers American science a fresh chance to prove its value to society Biden to hold first Cabinet meeting on Thursday Senate confirms Marty Walsh as Biden's Labor secretary MORE is awaiting confirmation to be director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the wire service noted.

This story was updated at 3:57 p.m.