DEMOCRATIC UNION OF BRITISH STATES (DM) – Lord President of the Democratic Union of British States, Horatio Eden, has been continuing to nominate and have confirmed his picks for important cabinet positions within the executive branch of his government.
So far, almost all of the cabinet is full, save for the post of Secretary of Cultural Affairs, for which he has tapped James Frisch, Speaker of the House of Representatives. The law will not oblige Mr. Frisch to resign his position as Speaker to take up the post in cabinet.
The House of Representatives has, so far, rejected only one of Lord President Eden’s picks for cabinet: Edwin Farrar, who Eden nominated for Secretary of Archival on the 17th of February, 2017. The House declined to publish the reasoning for Mr. Farrar’s rejection.
How do confirmation hearings in the DU work?
There is no constitutional process for confirming members of the cabinet; this procedure is set out on a case-by-case basis within the legislation creating the departments. They all, however, have the same uniform procedure: that the Lord President nominates the person they wish to serve as the Secretary of the Department, and the House of Representatives then votes on whether to confirm the nomination.
The process has, in majority, been a rubber stamp for Lord President Eden’s cabinet picks; however, his Secretary of State-designate, Henry Twain, was unable to get a hearing on the 17th, so an amendment to the Constitution pushed through by the Britannian District Legislature enabled the Lord President to appoint more members to the House in order to force his confirmation through.
The full cabinet as it exists so far consists of Secretary of State Henry Twain, Secretary of Justice Kit McCarthy, Secretary of Archival Patrick Renwick (who was confirmed on the 18th, the day after the remainder of the cabinet) Secretary of Feudal Affairs Dallin Langford and Secretary of the Treasury Stephen Freayth. All except Mr. Renwick were confirmed at the same time on the 17th of February.
Ned Greiner has also been appointed by Henry Twain to serve as Director of the International Organisations Agency.