Talk:United States Cabinet

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Can you explain how they are appointed? Which ones can the president fire at will? Which ones require Congressional approval to hire? --Ed Poor 10:54, 10 April 2007 (EDT)

sure, give me some time and I'll add that stuff. Jrssr5 10:55, 10 April 2007 (EDT)

  • FYI, The proper name for the "organization" is The President's Cabinet, and its purpose is changeable with each President. Some have treated it as a consultative body, meeting weekly, or more often, and other Presidents have convened it rarely. Perhaps the page name itself is wrong?

The White House site says this:

The tradition of the Cabinet dates back to the beginnings of the Presidency itself. One of the principal purposes of the Cabinet (drawn from Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution) is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of their respective offices.

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments-the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, and the Attorney General. Under President George W. Bush, Cabinet-level rank also has been accorded to the Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Office of Management and Budget; the Director, National Drug Control Policy; and the U.S. Trade Representative.

The Constitution is pretty vague on the "Cabinet"...not even mentioning it by any name, really...

Article 2 - The Executive Branch Section 2 - Civilian Power Over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

--~ TK MyTalk 09:28, 11 April 2007 (EDT)

I've seen it both ways, so I picked one. Feel free to add a redirect and change the title of the article. Jrssr5 09:41, 11 April 2007 (EDT)
  • No need, it was mainly my ramblings, and interest when I saw the page. Interesting there is much tradition, but not much specific law, isn't it? --~ TK MyTalk 10:14, 11 April 2007 (EDT)
They say that when something is done twice it becomes a tradition. I suppose if some President down the road decided he didn't need a cabinet we'd see some sort of law come into play. It's also interesting to see what departments are included on the cabinet, while important some seem so random. Jrssr5 14:00, 11 April 2007 (EDT)