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A Cabinet Good for Oklahoma

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

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Washington, February 9, 2017 | comments

Each new presidential administration comes with a set of new cabinet members.  The president’s cabinet is one of the driving forces of his administration because the people he chooses will advise him on topics within their respective jurisdictions.  Some of the cabinet positions being filled include the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Energy, and the Ambassador to the United Nations. 

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution says that after a new president is elected, he can immediately start to fill his cabinet by nominating people that will fulfill the duties of their position and help shape the new administration.  After these individuals have been nominated by the president, they go to the Senate for a hearing in the relevant committee. 

If a nominee passes out of the committee by a majority vote, then the nominee receives consideration on the Senate floor.  On the Senate floor, a nominee only needs 51 votes in order to be confirmed to their executive branch position. 

The Constitution states that it is the job of the Senate alone to confirm presidential cabinet nominations.  Only the Senate has the power to hold hearings and vote on cabinet nominations, and the House of Representatives does not have any say in the hearings or votes that take place. 

Even though I do not have the power to vote on President Trump’s selections, I’m supportive of many of his nominees because I believe they are good for Oklahoma and good for our nation.

I’m confident that when Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt is confirmed as the EPA Administrator, he will return the power of regulation back to our state and will cut the red tape to reduce the suffocating restrictions of the EPA.  Congressman Ryan Zinke (MT – At Large) understands tribal sovereignty and will work to protect Oklahomans tribal land and rein in the Bureau of Land Management in his role as Secretary of the Interior.  Texas Governor Rick Perry will develop energy resources, build infrastructure, and create successful energy policies that benefit Oklahomans, while still protecting and conserving our nation’s natural resources.

Our president’s cabinet will be good for Oklahoma.  President Trump’s nominees can and will help put this country back on track.  After eight years of federal agencies making unnecessary rules and regulations, it’s about time that agencies do what they were intended to do: enforce the laws as written by Congress, not force harmful regulations on Oklahomans from D.C. bureaucrats who were never elected.  The faceless, nameless bureaucracy as we know it will end, and I look forward to returning power back to the hands of the elected officials of our nation.    

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