Biden to name first Cabinet picks on Tuesday, plans scaled-down inauguration Back to video. WhatsApp. He plans to name a series of career officials as acting heads of agencies until the Senate confirms his picks. “Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a leader, patriot, and problem-solver. tell us daily - November 25, 2020. Their 34-year friendship and longtime professional connection make the choice one offering little risk. Emanuel also informally advised Biden and his senior aides during the 2020 campaign. Among those on his climate team, Jennifer Granholm as Michigan’s governor helped nudge auto workers toward accepting a switch to production of more electric vehicles. President-elect Joe Biden introduced his choices for key Cabinet positions, expanding his list of diverse and historic nominees for key roles. Facebook. But her name was later floated for HUD as Biden’s team focused on other candidates for USDA, including Vilsack and former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. “America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is,” Kerry tweeted. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh), Connecticut education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, named California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, selected former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, A ‘healthy’ doctor died two weeks after getting a COVID-19 vaccine; CDC is investigating why, Nearly 1.6 million Illinois Facebook users to get about $350 each in privacy settlement, Bond revoked for Hammond man seen at Capitol riot while awaiting federal sentencing, Ask Amy: Hospital worker’s drinking cause for alarm, ‘The work is never done’ — Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel says goodbye after 41 years. 17 December 2020. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra talks to reporters after a news conference at UCLA in 2018. Daily Caller, by Jake Dima Original Article. She also had the strong backing of progressive groups who touted her support for food aid and worker protections at meatpacking plants. His past jobs included serving as an associate vice president for climate and energy issues at the Environmental Defense Fund advocacy group and as head of his own environmental and energy consulting firm. Joe Biden’s BlackRock Cabinet Picks Show the President-Elect Is Ready and Eager to Serve the Rich. “Our friends know that Joe Biden knows who they are. During her stint as Fed chair from 2014 to 2018, Yellen oversaw a record economic expansion that would go on to drive unemployment down to its lowest rate in 50 years and which helped produce a thriving economy that was upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Thomas-Greenfield’s background positions her well to carry out Biden’s goal of returning the United States to a role as a leading force at the world body, after four years of an administration that has had little use for multilateralism or international organizations. Regan became environmental chief in North Carolina in 2017. South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the No. And he helped negotiate the first homeland security memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Cuba, where he was born. Gina Raimondo and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, two of President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks, have advocated for strict gun control measures in the past. Regan, who is head of North Carolina’s environmental agency, was one of several contenders whose name emerged only in recent days. President-elect Joe Biden is building out his Cabinet as he prepares for his time in the White House. While Haines has received criticism from some progressives over her involvement in the drone program, her work to increase oversight of those operations, as well as her strong credentials in intelligence work, are expected to satisfy enough senators to pave the way for her to be confirmed in what has traditionally been a nonpartisan role. The federal government often worked to dispossess them of their land and, until recently, to assimilate them into white culture. “I’m proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the President’s Climate Envoy.”. McDonough was credited with helping Obama try to bridge divides on Capitol Hill, including around one of his most substantial second-term legislative achievements: the Veterans Choice Act. NPR is providing information on the members of the Biden team as they are announced for the White House, national security, economic policy, additional Cabinet positions and a range of other posts. During his confirmation hearing before the legislature in February, Cardona described himself as a “goofy, little Puerto Rican kid” born in the Yale Acres public housing complex in Meriden. So do our adversaries. Biden selected Austin over the longtime front-runner candidate, Michele Flournoy, a former senior Pentagon official and Biden supporter who would have been the first woman to serve as defense secretary. California clean-air regulator Mary Nichols had faced increasing objections from progressive groups, who said Nichols had not done enough to address the disproportionate harm low-income and minority communities face from living next to oil and gas installations, factories and freeways. Jennifer Granholm speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Chicago Tribune | Dec 22, 2020 at 11:13 AM . “I’ve carried that lesson with me throughout my career in Foreign Service – and, if confirmed, will do the same as Ambassador to the United Nations.”. Joe Biden’s pick to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a low-key, veteran foreign service officer, reflects the president-elect’s intent to return to a more traditional role at the world body as well as offer an olive branch to a beleaguered diplomatic corps. 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