confirmations

Markey spins the ‘Wheel of Giveaways’ in opposition to Bernhardt’s confirmation
 

It wasn’t the first colorful protest of acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s confirmation this week, but Sen. Edward J. Markey’s “Wheel of Giveaways” surely caught some eyes on the Senate floor nonetheless.

Week Ahead Includes Trump Address, Cabinet Confirmations
Zinke’s departure will mark fourth House GOP vacancy

Zinke is expected to resign from his seat after he is confirmed as Interior secretary, creating a fourth House GOP vacancy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump will dominate the attention on Capitol Hill with his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, but lawmakers will also keep moving on confirming his Cabinet nominees and rolling back the previous administration’s regulations.

On Monday, the Senate votes to confirm Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary. Ross, a billionaire investor, was on Trump’s economic advisory council during the presidential campaign. Senators will also vote Monday evening to end debate on Rep. Ryan Zinke’s nomination to be Interior secretary.

Obama Nominates First Muslim-American for Federal Bench
Senate's tight schedule likely a big hurdle, however

HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 04: President Barack Obama of the US arrives at the Hangzhou Exhibition Center to participate in G20 Summit, on September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. World leaders are gathering in Hangzhou for the 11th G20 Leaders Summit from September 4 to 5. (Photo by Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama's nomination of a Washington, D.C.-based securities and fraud attorney to the federal bench would make him the country’s first Muslim-American judge on a U.S. court.

The president late Tuesday tapped Abid Riaz Qureshi of Maryland to join the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Qureshi is a lawyer for Latham & Watkins LLP, where he has spent his entire career since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1997.