The focus of the week will be Friday's inauguration festivities, when Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the nation's forty-fifth president.

The House is out this week. The Senate is in session and will continue with nomination hearings for the President-elect's nominees.

Confirmation Hearings in the Senate

Confirmation hearings continue for the President-elect’s key appointments. 

See: A Guide to Watching Hearings on Presidential Nominations and check out the POPVOX nominations tracker for committee and scheduling information. Click the links below to weigh in with a message to your senators on these pending nominations.

January 17, 2:15 PM ET
Senate Energy and Natural Resources

Rep. Ryan Zinke [R, MT-At Large]

Interior Secretary nominee


January 17, 5:00 AM ET
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

Betsy DeVos

Secretary of Education nominee


January 18, 10:00 AM ET
Senate Environmental and Public Works

Scott Pruitt

Environmental Protection Administration Administrator


January 18, 10:00 AM ET
Senate Finance

Governor Nikki Haley

Ambassador to the United Nations nominee


January 18, 10:00 AM ET
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Wilbur Ross

Commerce Secretary nominee


January 18, 10:00 PM ET
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Rep. Tom Price [R, GA-6]

Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee


January 19, 10:00 AM ET
Senate Energy and Natural Resources

Fmr Governor Rick Perry

Secretary of Energy nominee


January 19, 10:00 AM ET
Senate Finance 

Steve Mnuchin

Secretary of Treasury nominee


In the Senate:

The Senate will vote Tuesday on a bill to allow access to the National Directory of New Hires Database for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for use in its work to audit federal programs. The database was originally established to help state-level agencies enforce child support laws. Access has been extended to state and federal oversight bodies in areas like Unemployment Insurance, SNAP, EITC, and student loans.  


GAO Access and Oversight Act

Sponsor: Rep. Earl Carter [R, GA-1]
The bill has passed the House.




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