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U.S. Senate confirms first batch of Obama's cabinet appointees
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08:00, January 21, 2009

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The U.S. Senate confirmed the first batch of President Barack Obama's cabinet appointees on his inaugural day on Tuesday.

In a single unanimous vote, the Senate confirmed Steven Chu as the energy secretary, Tom Vilsack as the agriculture secretary, Janet Napolitano as the homeland security secretary.

Those who were greenlighted also included Ken Salazar as the interior secretary, Eric Shinseki as the veteran affairs secretary, Arne Duncan as the education secretary and Peter Orszag to run the White House budget office.

The whole floor of the Senate was also set on Wednesday to vote on Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next state secretary and its finance panel was expected to vote on Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary on Thursday.

Clinton has won the endorsement by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but there are still some Senators concerning on her husband's activities in running foreign foundation.

Obama kicked off his presidency on Tuesday after he was officially sworn-in as the new president and expected to work on economic stimulus package bill and other policies initiatives on his first whole day in the White House.  

Source: Xinhua

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