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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 BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day 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 AustinPentagon insists vaccine rollout a success despite spotty data Blinken to return to Brussels to discuss Russia, Ukraine tensions Defense secretary boasts 'ironclad' commitment to Israel during trip to Tel Aviv MORE, the first Black defense secretary, Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day Buttigieg on exaggerated infrastructure jobs estimate: 'I should have been more precise' MORE, the first openly gay Cabinet member, Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Dakota Access pipeline to remain in operation despite calls for shutdown | Biden hopes to boost climate spending by B | White House budget proposes .4B for environmental justice Haaland return sets up Biden decision on Utah national monuments shrunk by Trump Biden hopes to boost climate spending by billion MORE, the first Native American secretary, and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis 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 TandenFive ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet White House delays release of budget plan 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 HironoThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan Biden says Cabinet 'looks like America' at first meeting Both parties look to recruit Asian American candidates as violence against group increases MORE (Hawaii) and Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthPolitical disenfranchisement is fueling environmental injustice Tammy Duckworth pressures postal service board on firing DeJoy Biden says Cabinet 'looks like America' at first meeting 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."