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Obama Fills Key Cabinet Positions

Obama Fills Key Cabinet Positions

President Barack Obama held the first cabinet meeting of his second term on Monday, after filling out his advisory team with a trio of appointments.

Gina McCarthy was nominated to take over from Lisa Jackson at the Environmental Protection Agency, while Ernest Moniz, a physicist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will replace Steven Chu at the Department of Energy.

The president introduced the two policy veterans in the East Room of the White House:

"So these two over here, they're going to be making sure that we're investing in American energy, that we're doing everything that we can to combat the threat of climate change, that we're going to be creating jobs and economic opportunity in the first place."

"They are going to be a great team," Obama said. "And these are some of my top priorities going forward."

Later, Sylvia Mathews Burwell was introduced as his nominee to become the next budget chief. As leader the Office of Management and Budget, she jumps right into the battles over spending and taxation that have vexed the Obama administration in his second term.

Speaking of budget cuts, Obama acknowledged "a lot of people are going to feel some pain."

"That's why we've got to keep on working to reduce our deficit in a balanced way -- an approach that's supported by the majority of the American people, including a majority of Republicans. And I'm confident that we can get there if people of goodwill come together," he concluded.

by RTT Staff Writer

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