Rex Tillerson

Podcast: The Consequences of Dismantling America's Diplomatic Corps
The Week Ahead, Episode 81

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson arrives for his confirmation hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House and Senate Preview: Efforts Swirl on Border Wall, Obamacare and Trump’s Cabinet
 

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DeVos Hearing Postponed Until Next Week
Murray says ‘jam’ of hearings caused delay

Hearings for Betsy DeVos, nominee for Education secretary, will take place next Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education secretary, has been moved to Jan. 17, a decision announced late Monday night by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

The hearing was initially scheduled for Wednesday, the same day as several other confirmation hearings and a planned marathon voting session. Democrats have also raised concerns that not all nominees have completed the process of disclosing their finances to the Office of Government Ethics, which screens candidates for potential conflicts of interest. As of Monday night, the office had not made any documents on DeVos public.

Senate Foreign Relations Divided Over Tillerson Tax Returns
Cardin, the ranking Democrat, has requested three years of filings

Corker, left, and Cardin, right, are the top senators on Foreign Relations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are squaring off over whether the committee should examine Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s tax returns as part of the confirmation process.

Tillerson, the chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, is set to face the committee in January and, following tradition, will submit financial disclosure forms and ethics documents. But the committee’s ranking Democrat has also requested to see the nominee’s tax returns.

Despite the Trappings, Holiday Spirit 2016 Looks Iffy
A pause and a little humility are all that’s needed

Police stand guard at July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. During the holidays, people should entertain the idea that those on the opposite side politically may have a point and be worthy of respect, writes Mary C. Curtis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Since they usually jump-start around Thanksgiving, we are well into the time of Frosty and Rudolph and Tiny Tim fronting animated specials, annual favorites and tinsel-soaked movies of the week that end with the battling protagonists making up under the mistletoe.

Do we believe in Santa? I have to get back to you on that one. But I do have my favorites, all with the theme of redemption: Charlie Brown’s taunting gang recognizing the beauty of his scrawny tree; old Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim in the best version) waking up on Christmas morning, amazed that he indeed has time to be a good man, and, of course, the Grinch with his Grinchy small heart growing three sizes.

Can Republicans Afford to Oppose Tillerson?
Bucking the president-elect could put the congressional GOP in a tough spot

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he has “serious concerns” about President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of State. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional Republicans said Tuesday that Donald Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson to run the State Department gave them “serious concern,” raised “red flags,” and prompted “many questions which must be answered.” 

But as the Senate GOP considers blocking the Exxon Mobil CEO, it should ask itself: Can it risk open conflict with Trump?