Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Partisanship and Senate Confirmations of Executive Nominations

Partisanship and Senate Confirmations

Sara Fagen, White House political director in the George W. Bush Administration, and Chris Lu, former Obama-Bien Transition Project Executive Director, discussed how partisanship in the Senate impacts the confirmation process for executive nominees.

Description

Sara Fagen, White House political director in the George W. Bush Administration, and Chris Lu, former Obama-Bien Transition Project Executive Director, discussed how partisanship in the Senate impacts the confirmation process for executive nominees.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How has the level of partisanship in the Senate changed in the last thirty years? How has this impacted Senate confirmations of executive nominees?
  • How can Senators slow down the process for cabinet confirmations?
  • According to Sara Fagen, what can presidents do to defend against the partisanship in the Senate during the confirmation process?
  • What factors should presidents consider when selecting cabinet nominees?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Cabinet
    • Nominations
    • Partisanship
    • Secretary
    • Senate
    • Subcabinet Official

    Topics

    Bureaucracy & RegulationExecutive Branch

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity