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The Latest: Price, Mnuchin votes postponed after Dem boycott

Pice, Mnuchin votes postponedSenate Finance Committee votes to confirm President Donald Trump's picks for health and Treasury secretary are being indefinitely postponed after Democrats boycotted the meeting.

Democratic senators held an abruptly called briefing for reporters outside the hearing room. They said they were demanding more information about the two nominees, GOP Georgia Rep. Tom Price to be Health secretary and financier Steve Mnuchin to head the Treasury Department.

The Democrats cited separate newspaper reports about Price's trading in a health company stock and Mnuchin's behavior involving foreclosures when he was a banker.

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Senate confirms Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador

Senate confirms Nikki HaleySouth Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Senators approved Haley’s nomination 96-4.

President Donald Trump nominated Haley to the position back in November. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee overwhelmingly approved Haley’s nomination earlier on Tuesday.

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Senate confirms Pompeo as CIA chief amid questions over torture, spying views

Mike PompeoThe Senate voted Monday to confirm Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas as CIA director despite critics' concerns that he has offered conflicting statements about whether he would expand government surveillance of Americans and bring back torture as an interrogation technique.

Senators voted 66-32 to approve Pompeo, who is giving up his congressional seat to lead the agency.  His confirmation completes President Trump's national security team. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were confirmed Friday.

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HHS nominee's stock buys raise ethical questions: report

Tom PricePresident-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer and then introduced legislation that would benefit the company, according to a CNN report Monday.

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) in March bought between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of shares in Zimmer Biomet. Days later, he introduced the HIP Act to delay a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulation that industry analysts said would have significantly hurt that company financially, according to CNN.

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Breaking: Total Abortion Ban Debuts in Congress

Steve KingRep. Steve King (R-IA) on Thursday introduced the first federal “heartbeat bill” modeled on a failed Ohio attempt to end legal abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy—before many people know they’re pregnant.

“Heartbeat bills” amount to total abortion bans. They have been declared unconstitutional in federal court.

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Trump unleashes Twitter attack against Congressman John Lewis

John LewisDonald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis for questioning the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire's White House victory, intensifying a feud with the black congressman days before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and as the first African-American president prepares to leave office.

Trump tweeted on Saturday that Lewis, D-Ga., "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results."

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Dems 'outraged' with Comey after House briefing

ComeyA number of House Democrats left Friday's confidential briefing on Russian hacking fuming over the actions of FBI Director James Comey and convinced he's unfit to lead the agency.

"I was nonjudgmental until the last 15 minutes. I no longer have that confidence in him," Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said as he left the meeting in the Capitol.

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