Senate Confirmation

Prediction

  1. What do you think Senate confirmation means?

  2. Use Senate confirmation in a sentence:

  3. Think of an example of Senate confirmation in current events:

  4. Find an image of Senate confirmation:

 

Fun Fact

Definition

The role of the Senate in the confirmation process is defined in the Constitution. Article II, Section 2 provides that the President “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint high government officials.” Positions requiring confirmation are specified by statute. Here's a PDF listing all the executive branch positions that require Senate confirmation.

Sentence

Had Donald Trump's nominated El Chapo Guzman for head of the DEA, he probaby would have been approved by the Senate.

Example

Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education in peril as two GOP senators defect

Image

 

Question(s)

  1. What are some examples of executive branch positions for which the Senate holds confirmation hearings?

  2. Have most of Donald Trump's cabinet nominees been confirmed by the Senate?

  3. Explain how the Senate's confirmation power is a part of our system of checks and balances.