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Tue Jan 10, 2017, 10:20 PM

U.S. Senate hearings delayed for three wealthy Trump nominees

Source: Reuters

POLITICS | Tue Jan 10, 2017 | 7:05pm EST

U.S. Senate hearings delayed for three wealthy Trump nominees

By Robert Iafolla | WASHINGTON

The U.S. Senate has postponed confirmation hearings for three nominees to serve in President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet, all wealthy people with wide-ranging potential conflicts of interest, including billionaire Wilbur Ross for Commerce secretary.

The Senate Commerce Committee said on Tuesday it was moving Ross's hearing to Jan. 18 from Jan. 12 because Ross has not completed all of the necessary government paperwork.

Trump takes office on Jan. 20.

"While Mr. Ross has submitted his responses to the committee’s questionnaire, we have not yet received the ethics agreement he is working on with the Office of Government Ethics and the Department of Commerce to finalize," the panel's Republican and Democratic leaders said in a joint statement.

The Ross delay came shortly after postponements of hearings for Trump's choices to head the Education and Labor departments.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-hearings-postponed-idUSKBN14U2U2

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