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January 15, 2009 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

The 111th Congress is now in session. In the Senate, the first thing on the agenda has been nomination hearings for President-Elect Obama’s cabinet picks.  These are taking place in the respective committees of jurisdiction. Here is a list of some of the hearings in which the Senate is considering the nominations of agency heads that will be responsible in some measure for immigration:




  • On January 9, The Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions considered the nomination of Representative Hilda Solis to be Secretary of Labor.



  • On January 13, the Foreign Relations Committee considered the nomination of Senator Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State.



  • On January 15, the Judiciary Committee considered the nomination of Eric Holder to be Attorney General.



  • On January 15, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs considered the nomination of Governor Janet Napolitano to be Secretary of Homeland Security.



Following committee votes, nominations will go to the Senate floor for final confirmation.  Once the top officials are confirmed, the administration will begin to fill in key supporting positions, including those at the immigration agencies, but we have not seen a timeline for filling these slots.

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