This news has been received from:

All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources. News stories, videos and live streams are from trusted sources.

A seasoned diplomat who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Africa under Barack Obama’s administration, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, 68, was confirmed by 78 votes to 20 in the upper house, which has the power to approve or to reject presidential nominations.

The Senate also confirmed by an overwhelming majority on Tuesday Tom Vilsack, 70, as Minister of Agriculture, a post he had held throughout the Obama presidency (2009-2017): 92 votes in favor and seven against .

Other members chosen by Joe Biden for his cabinet face stronger resistance, including his candidate to head the Ministry of Health, Xavier Becerra, who spent Tuesday on the grill of senators in committee.

“We will study Mr Becerra’s testimony today but I find it hard to see how such a radical and underqualified candidate could take such a crucial position at such a critical time” of the Covid-19 pandemic , said Leader of the Republican Senators Mitch McConnell.

Democrats have a tiny majority in the Senate: with 50 seats against 50 Republicans, they can count on the voice of Vice President Kamala Harris, who has the power to tie the votes.

If he retains the support of all Democrats, Mr. Becerra, 63, can therefore be confirmed and become the first Hispanic to head this ministry.

Another Joe Biden candidate, Neera Tanden, appointed to lead the budget in the White House, appears in greater difficulty after a Democratic senator announced Friday that he would oppose her confirmation. She will therefore have to find at least Republican support to become the first woman of Indian origin to head the Office of Management and Budget at the White House (OMB).

The Senate has so far confirmed less than half of the 23 cabinet members of Joe Biden, who came to power on January 20.

News Source:

Tags: linda thomas greenfield has the power become the first the white house confirmed to head

LGBT‘Trans in Trumpland’ Should Feel Like the Past. It Doesn’t.

Next News:

New WTO director-general arrives for 1st day on job

GENEVA (AP) — The new director-general of the World Trade Organization — the first African and first woman to hold the post — has arrived at its Geneva headquarters for her first day on the job.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, 66, a Nigerian economist and former government minister, donned a mask as she made brief comments to reporters on way into the imposing building on the shores of Lake Geneva on Monday.

“I am coming into one of the most important institutions in the world and we have a lot of work to do,” she said. “I feel ready to go.”

She was expected to meet staffers and speak briefly with non-governmental groups that support a key fisheries reform proposal being discussed at the WTO, before attending her first meeting of the General Council — made up of envoys from the international trade body’s 164 member states.

Some of those meetings with will be limited because of measures to fight COVID-19, and the closed-door General Council meeting is to be largely by videoconference.

Okonjo-Iweala’s victory in a hotly contested race last fall was delayed largely because the U.S. administration under Donald Trump supported another candidate. Her appointment came through last month when the Biden administration cleared the way for her selection at the trade body, whose rules require consensus.

The WTO, which works to craft accords that can ensure smooth international trade, is facing headwinds such as rising protectionism. Its dispute settlement system has been blocked because the United States has almost singlehandedly prevented appointments to its Appellate Body — a rough equivalent to an appeals court.

Okonjo-Iweala said last month that “wide-ranging reforms” are needed at the WTO, and that her first priority would be to address the economic and health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic — such as by working to lift export restrictions on supplies and vaccines to get them distributed to countries in need.

Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

Other News

  • New WTO Director-General Arrives for 1st Day on Job
  • Burma descends into chaos after military coup, at least 18 protesters killed
  • Council Speaker Corey Johnson running for city comptroller
  • Mexico's Coronavirus Czar in Hospital With COVID-19, as Death Toll Nears 186,000
  • With Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States is at the UN.
  • Noel, Thomas carry UMass Lowell into 1st AEC semifinal
  • Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Thomas among several golfers wearing red and black in honour of Tiger Woods following his horrific car crash in Los Angeles
  • Edomex, one year after the first confirmed case of covid-19 in Mexico – Latest News, Breaking News, Top News Headlines
  • 2021 Fantasy Football: Early look at top-10 player rankings
  • Officer Who Saved Lives on S. Carolina Bridges Is Retiring
  • Arizona Reports 1,075 New COVID-19 Cases and 13 More Deaths
  • Trump-Backed Candidate Tapped To Head Ohio Republican Party
  • Martínez Arroyo believes that there is good will on the part of the Biden Administration and is confident that an agreement will soon be reached to eliminate the tariffs Lanza Digital
  • At Least Two Killed in Skirmish at Chad Opposition Candidate's House
  • Inside Lucy Mecklenburgh and Ryan Thomas’s new family home – as he buys house without her even seeing it
  • Can a job application fail due to bad grammar or spelling errors?
  • Iraq: Vatican ambassador in Baghdad tested positive before papal visit .
  • Billy Joe Saunders wears apron with fake penis in mocking video after Canelo Alvarez fight is confirmed
  • Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas to wear red Sunday in honor of Tiger Woods