The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced Tuesday that it would postpone its confirmation hearing for Wilbur Ross, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for commerce secretary. The hearing, originally scheduled for Thursday morning, will now take place on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
The postponement was apparently necessary due to a lack of submitted paperwork from Ross. In a statement, Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the chairman and ranking member of the committee, respectively, said Ross has yet to submit key paperwork regarding ethics considerations:
Ross is a billionaire investor and former banker. Earlier this week, the independent Office of Government Ethics had expressed concern that Ross' confirmation hearing was set to begin before he submitted completed paperwork.