UPDATE 4:04 p.m.:
Senate Republicans are delaying the final confirmation vote for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education, until Monday.
The Senate is expected to vote Friday to end a Democratic filibuster of DeVos' nomination before Republicans head to Palm Beach, Fla., for the National Republican Senatorial Committee fundraising event, The Hill reported.
UPDATE Wednesday 2:08 p.m.:
Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AL) announced they will not vote for Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee for education secretary.
DeVos was approved by a Senate committee and is set to face the full Senate. Democrats said they have 48 votes against her but need 51 to deny her a Cabinet position, The Washington Post reports.
Murkowski: "I do not intend to vote on final passage to support Mrs. DeVos"— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) February 1, 2017
UPDATE 11:29 a.m.:
The Senate Judiciary Committee has cleared the way for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be confirmed as attorney general.
His committee hearing was often tense as Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) criticized Sessions' record at length, and protesters briefly disrupted the end of the hearing.
UPDATE 11:00 a.m.:
Senate Democrats boycotted another vote for a Trump cabinet pick.
Scott Pruitt, nominated to run the EPA, has angered many given his past history of suing the agency. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) said he was concerned about the "lack of thoughtfulness" in Pruitt's answers to a Senate questionnaire, The Hill reports.
Republicans changed committee rules to override two other boycotts and could do the same in Pruitt's case.
UPDATE 10:50 a.m.:
Senators delayed a vote on President Trump's pick for the Office of Management and Budget director, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, citing ethics concerns.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said she hadn't received Mulvaney's FBI file until half an hour before the vote was scheduled to take place. She said she didn't anticipate issues with Mulvaney, but wanted to ensure the process wasn't rushed, The Hill reports.
UPDATE 9:50 a.m.:
A Senate committee has approved two of President Trump's cabinet picks without Democrats present after changing committee rules to make that possible, the Associated Press reports.
Steven Mnuchin, nominated for treasury secretary, and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), health and human services secretary nominee, faced a boycott from Senate Democrats over ethical concerns.
They will face the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
The Senate will vote on whether to confirm Rex Tillerson as secretary of state Wednesday. Considering he passed a procedural vote 56-43 on Monday (including three Democratic votes), it's all but certain he will be confirmed during the vote at noon.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Tillerson's position on President Trump's controversial travel ban should be used as a litmus test for anyone seeking a cabinet position. He would oppose anyone who would not publicly reject the ban.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was Tillerson's harshest GOP critic, but said he'd approve him.
The Senate will also consider Scott Pruitt, nominated for head of the EPA, and attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). No votes are expected on either.
Republicans will try again to schedule a vote on Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) and Steven Mnuchin, Trump's picks for health and human services secretary and treasury secretary, respectively. Senate Democrats boycotted those votes Tuesday over ethical complaints.
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