Questions tagged [cabinet]

Questions relating to the body of the highest officials in a state. Cabinets often consist of those heading important departments as well as the head of government.

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Why would the President not just fire the Attorney General?

According to several newspapers, e.g. this article, or even the (now former) Attorney General's resignation letter, President Trump asked Jeff Sessions to resign. Similar things are also shown in TV ...
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Does the Secretary of Education have to support public education?

Many have expressed distress at the confirmation of many of President Donald Trump's cabinet picks because of their disdain of the Agencies they have been charged with running. The best example is ...
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Do high-level US government officials who are fired receive any compensation?

With the recent terminations of individuals like Tillerson and McMaster, I was wondering if this is costing taxpayers money. Do fired officials get a pension, severance, or other financial ...
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How does turnover in the Trump administration compare to previous administrations?

There have been a number of high-profile departures from the Trump administration for various reasons. For example: Michael Flynn, Hope Hicks, Rex Tillerson, Sean Spicer and many others. While this ...
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What put Valerie Jarrett in the news before Roseanne's tweet?

When I read the news about Roseanne Barr insulting Valerie Jarrett, I checked Jarrett's Wikipedia page to see who Jarrett was. As far as I can tell, she was a member of the Obama administration at the ...
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How does the timeline of Donald Trump's appointments compare to that of previous President-elects?

There is a lot of news these days about Trump's picks for various high-level government positions (including Cabinet appointments) and Democrats' reactions to them. However, the last time a new ...
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Why does the Senate have to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing?

In light of Rex Tillerson's firing, why does the Senate have to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing?
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Why would the Attorney General not just wait to be fired?

In an answer to the question why the President would not just fire the Attorney General a user explained that after a (requested) resignation the President could appoint a temporary replacement ...
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How would a minority party in the Senate be able to delay the appointment of the President-elect's cabinet?

Though Democrats wouldn't be able to block an appointment since they're not the majority, how exactly could they delay one if they chose to?
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No Secretary of State for England?

In the current UK government, there are cabinet level positions including: Secretary of State for Scotland Secretary of State for Wales Secretary of State for Northern Ireland These all seem to be ...
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What power does Congress have against acting administration officials?

An NPR article published July 12, 2019 notes that, in addition to the Department of Labor: Many other key agencies are also led by acting officials, including the Federal Aviation Administration, ...
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Difference between “Department of …” and “… Department”

So apparently most of the U.S. government departments have been using Department of ..., like Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security. But it looks like there's a weird exception, ...
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All time highest net worth of a Presidential cabinet in constant dollars?

Some sites claim that the proposed upcoming presidential cabinet and cabinet-level posts set a new record for its members' total personal fortunes: one estimate suggests it "could be worth as much as $...
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Why are acting officials of an incoming administration all affiliated to the party of the outgoing administration?

Recently, Donald Trump replaced acting Attorney General Sally Yates with Dana Boente "after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban". When doing some research, I found out that: Sally ...
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What are the mandatory positions in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom?

I am writing a paper on various types of government structures and was trying to find out What are the mandatory positions in the cabinet of the United Kingdom. I know that every Prime minster has the ...
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As of August 2017, what would it take for Bernie Sanders to assume the presidency of the United States?

Yes, I am aware that November 2016 has long passed, but what would have to happen for Bernie to assume the presidency while Donald Trump is still president? I'm aware of a line of succession (...
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Can Cabinet nominees be denied a position following a Senate confirmation hearing?

When the President Elect in the US picks members to be part of their Cabinet, to form their government, during the Senate confirmation hearing if the members of the Senate are dissatisfied with their ...
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How does the work of cabinet members get done while appointments are awaiting Senate confirmation?

A new president appoints a number of individuals to serve as part of their cabinet, but most of these positions require Senate confirmation. However, it looks like the Senate often holds these ...
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Did Anthony Scaramucci receive a certificate of divestiture in 2017?

I have read the following account of possible leveraging financial effects for Anthony Scaramucci from joining the White House staff (briefly) in 2017. This is from Michael Wolff's new book Fire and ...
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Why are members of the Cabinet allowed to resign without notice?

According to the Gov.UK website, one must give a week's notice if they wish to resign from their job and have been working for at least a month. (Source) Why does this one-week rule not apply to the ...
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Can the US president get around rejected cabinet nominees by not nominating a replacement?

So, if nominee X is rejected then could the president simply hire X anyway but for a function that doesn't require Senate approval while de-facto X would do the same work?
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In India, can cabinet ministers vote in the house that they are not part of?

Cabinet ministers are allowed to visit either of the houses - Rajya Sabha or Lok Sabha - to discuss and debate the various bills. After the discussion when the bill goes to the division of votes, do ...
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Famous appointed Bridge-Builder politicians

Are you aware of any famous recent examples (possibly supported by an article) where the US President appointed a cabinet member because of his good relationship with the opposition?
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The rules for cabinet and shadow cabinet membership in the UK?

I went to an event with the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change. But I discovered he was not in the Shadow Cabinet. So does this mean that the members of the Shadow Cabinet are wholly at ...
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What happens if nominated candidate is not confirmed by the senate?

As far as I understand it the US cabinet is nominated by the president, but the senate has to consent to the nominees. The same applies applies to judges of the Supreme Court. But what happens if the ...