Who Are President Biden’s Cupboard Members And Key Advisers? : NPR


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The Senate is working to approve a number of President Biden's key candidates.

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In the first few weeks of President Biden’s administration, his aides begin putting policies into action while the U.S. Senate accepts its candidates.

The top figures in an administration are made up of a combination of cabinet and senior candidates who need Senate approval and key advisers to the president who do not need congressional approval.

Below is who Biden was chosen for:

Note that Biden’s original candidate to head the Office of Administration and Budget, Neera Tanden, stepped down from the exam on March 2.

National security: These officials would oversee US intelligence and defense and lead relations with world leaders and international coalitions.

Economic policy: As the US economy continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, these measures would guide Biden’s economic and trade policies, as well as the government’s financial oversight.

Additional members of Biden’s cabinet: These candidates, all of which require Senate approval, would help implement Biden’s political agenda on issues ranging from health care to climate change.

Other key positions: Those top positions include officials who would help with the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

White House: These are the top helpers Biden will count on to run his White House and advise him on important policy initiatives. Most do not need Senate approval.

This page was originally published on November 17 at 11:49 am ET.

NPR’s Roberta Rampton contributed to the coverage.