Names of Cabinet nominees officially submitted to Senate

2013-01-22T00:00:00Z Names of Cabinet nominees officially submitted to SenateThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WASHINGTON - Minutes after his inauguration speech Monday, President Obama signed documents officially submitting top administration nominations to the Senate.

He affirmed the nominations of John Brennan to be CIA director, former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, Sen. John Kerry for secretary of state and Jack Lew for treasury secretary.

Obama also signed a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration. The proclamation is titled "National Day of Hope and Resolve, 2013."

"I'm proclaiming peace on Earth and goodwill towards men," Obama quipped as he signed the document.

Obama signed the documents at a traditional inauguration day ceremony in the Capitol's President's Room, a small ornate room near the Senate chamber where presidents historically conducted business. Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic and Republican congressional leaders attended.

President Ronald Reagan established the tradition of visiting the room after taking the oath of office to sign documents and pose for photographs.

As he signed the nomination papers, Obama said, "I know they will be dealt with with great dispatch," eliciting laughter from Republican leaders.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Kerry on Thursday. Kerry remains the panel's chairman until his Senate confirmation, but Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the incoming chairman, will preside at the hearing.

The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing for Hagel on Jan. 31. Brennan's hearing in the Senate Intelligence committee is Feb. 7.

The Senate Finance Committee has yet to schedule a hearing for Lew.

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