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Congressional aides say Senate affirmation hearings for the candidates Donald Trump picked to run the CIA and Schooling Division are being delayed.
The Senate Intelligence Committee will maintain its listening to for Mike Pompeo, the Republican congressman from Kansas tapped to steer the CIA, on Thursday as an alternative of Wednesday, when three different affirmation hearings are slated to happen.
The affirmation listening to for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s selection for the Schooling Division, has been moved from Wednesday to subsequent week. Members of the Senate Well being, Schooling, Labor and Pensions Committee haven’t but acquired key details about DeVos, together with monetary disclosure statements.
The shifts adopted discussions between Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Chuck Schumer of New York, the chamber’s prime Democrat.
Democrats had urged GOP leaders to sluggish their aggressive listening to schedule, which incorporates Trump’s picks for the nation’s prime diplomat, lead regulation enforcement officer and head of homeland safety, amongst others.
A Missouri congressman will return to its Capitol Hill location a portray that has offended some lawmakers.
Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay says protests of the paintings are a “manufactured controversy.” He plans to argue Tuesday that freedom of expression, even in paintings some discover offensive, is important to liberty.
The portray exhibits a pig in a police uniform aiming a gun at a protester. GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter eliminated it from an space reserved for winners of a nationwide artwork competitors.
In ready remarks obtained by The Related Press, Clay says there are different artistic endeavors on the Capitol that he and constituents discover offensive, citing a portrait of the late Sen. James Eastland, a staunch segregationist.
Republican nervousness is mounting over voting to unravel the well being care regulation with out having an alternate in hand, fanned by phrases of encouragement from Donald Trump to a GOP senator who needs to concurrently repeal and exchange the statute.
GOP leaders have made dismantling President Barack Obama’s treasured well being care overhaul their premier 2017 precedence. However even because the Republican-run Senate strikes towards passing a price range that might make it more durable for Democrats to guard Obama’s regulation later, at the very least six GOP senators have expressed qualms about repeal with out having a substitute —…