By Richard Lardner, Associated Press:
Senate committees gave the green light Tuesday to several of President Donald Trump’s picks for Cabinet posts, putting the top-level nominations on a glide path to confirmation just days into the new administration.
As Republicans criticized Democrats for not moving quickly enough on Trump’s selections, the GOP-led panels easily approved his choices to lead the Transportation, Housing, and Commerce departments. The president’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, also won broad support.
But several of Trump’s nominations were moving slowly, escalating the partisan bickering.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, forced a one-week delay — until Jan. 31 — of the committee’s vote on Trump’s attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions.
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