The president elect Joe Biden will begin his presidency next week with a cabinet
made up mostly of acting officials as delays in the Senate slow confirmation of his
top choices for key positions including the secretaries of Defense and Treasury.
Senators have set Jan. 19, the day before Biden is sworn in, for hearings on his nominees
for Homeland Security, Defense, State and Treasury – four key posts that are often targeted for
confirmation just hours after a president in sworn in. But they might not be confirmed and able to start work for days or even weeks later.
The House’s expected impeachment of President Donald Trump may also affect the Senate’s timeline. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said late Tuesday that the impeachment article would be sent over to the Senate quickly, adding a trial to the upper chamber’s agenda