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Obama officially signs Cabinet nominations

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013

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


Associated Press writers Donna Cassata and Jim Kuhnhenn contributed to this report.