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Biden says Cabinet 'looks like America' at first meeting

Biden says Cabinet 'looks like America' at first meeting
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President BidenJoe BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE on Thursday, in his first Cabinet meeting since 15 of his nominees were confirmed, praised his team for accurately representing America's diverse population.

"This is the first in American history that the Cabinet looks like America," Biden said. "That’s what we promised we were going to do, and we’ve done it."

Among Biden's Cabinet members are Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinWill deterrence work, when our foes wage war disguised as peace? Overnight Defense: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech White House posts visitor logs for first time since Obama MORE, the first Black defense secretary, Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Funky Academic:' Public has been 'groomed to measure progress by firsts' Biden administration in talks with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador post: reports Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans MORE, the first openly gay Cabinet member, Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden officials unveil plan to conserve 30 percent of US lands and water | Watchdog questions adequacy of EPA standards for carcinogenic chemical emissions | Interior proposing revocation of Trump-era rollback on bird protections Biden officials unveil plan to conserve 30 percent of US lands and water Interior proposing revocation of Trump-era rollback on bird protections MORE, the first Native American secretary, and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOde to Mother's Day Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate In honor of Mother's Day, lawmakers should pass the Momnibus Act MORE, the first female vice president, among others.

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Biden thanked the Senate for acting in a speedy, bipartisan manner to approve his "historic" nominees.

"It’s hard to believe, but we are among the quickest formed [Cabinets]," Biden added.

Biden's first Cabinet meeting a little over a week after his final nominee was confirmed on March 22, with the exception of the director of the Office of Management and Budget. The position is temporarily being filled by Shalanda Young, as Biden's original nominee, Neera TandenNeera TandenManchin touts rating as 'most bipartisan senator' Manchin says he doesn't support DC statehood, election reform bills Manchin floats breaking up Biden's infrastructure proposal MORE, withdrew her nomination after lawmakers opposed her confirmation over past tweets.

Biden faced criticism over a lack of diversity in his potential Cabinet during its formation, most recently from Democratic Sens. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoIf you want Julie Su at the DOL, don't point to her resume Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap Senate tries to shake off graveyard status MORE (Hawaii) and Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthIf you want Julie Su at the DOL, don't point to her resume Su's track record make her an excellent pick for Labor Department post Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill MORE (Ill.), who protested there not being a nominee who was either Asian American or Pacific Islander. The two senators last week threatened to object to any future Biden nominees.

They dropped their objection threats after the White House appointed a senior-level Asian American and Pacific Islander liaison.

"I welcome the appointment of a senior level White House liaison to the AAPI community to further strengthen our voice," Hirono tweeted after the announcement. "I had a productive conversation with the White House today to make clear my perspective about the importance of diversity in the President’s cabinet."