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Senate delays confirmation hearing for Wilbur Ross due to lack of ethics paperwork

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.