Senate Confirms Six More Obama Appointees

Posted January 22, 2009 at 7:15pm

The Senate confirmed six more Obama administration appointees Thursday night, including the ambassador to the United Nations and head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Each of the nominees was approved by unanimous consent.

The block of nominations approved Thursday included Susan Rice as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Lisa Jackson as EPA administrator and Nancy Sutley as chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality.

In addition, Shaun Donovan was confirmed as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ray LaHood as Transportation secretary and Mary Shapiro as chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

On Tuesday, the Senate also approved six Cabinet nominations following the inauguration, and on Wednesday voted 94-2 to confirm Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State.

Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner’s nomination will be taken up by the full Senate on Monday, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).