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How to become a member of the President's Cabinet

President Trump is currently building his Cabinet and the Senate is expected to hold additional confirmation votes on more nominees this week.

Here's a quick refresher from on the steps it takes to become a member of the president's Cabinet:

The Cabinet on the United States is comprised of the most senior appointed officers which includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments: the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs. All Cabinet members are nominated by the President and then presented to the Senate for confirmation or rejection by simple majority. 

  1. All Cabinet members are nominated by president or president-elect
  2. Nominees are presented to the Senate for hearings before a relevant Senate committee
  3. If a majority of the committee votes for the nominee, it goes to the Senate floor for a vote by the full body. (A caveat here: the Senate majority leader can bring a nominee to the floor for a full Senate vote even if they do NOT get the approval of the relevant committee. It's rare, but it's happened in the past.)
  4. The nominee is confirmed by full Senate in a floor vote

For more on each of President Trump's nominees and their current status, check out the New York Times' Trump tracker for bios and updates.

Tracking the new president's Agenda

With a new president in the White House, it is now more important than ever to stay engaged with our democracy.

President Trump has already signed a series of executive orders and is taking action on other promises made during his presidential campaign. However, most of these proposals require action by Congress or have other significant obstacles. 

Track each step of Trump's agenda listed below using this handy tool created by the New York Times:

  • Repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act
  • Build the border wall and have Mexico pay for it
  • Impose import taxes
  • Approve Keystone XL pipeline
  • Abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Ban foreign aid to groups that give abortion counseling
  • Suspend immigration from specific regions
  • Nominate a Supreme Court justice
  • Cut taxes
  • Invest in American infrastructure