If I’m Joe Biden?
We have a poll out today that has both Democrats hard in the runoff elections…
Why not wait to see if McConnell or Schumer has the votes….
With Democrat Schumer and Vice President Harris presiding over the confirmations?
Biden’s picks should pretty smooth sailing…
With Republican McConnell running the show….
Joe Biden IS gonna have to do some dancing and may lose a few of his picks….
Maybe that’s why Biden is waiting for the Attorney General and CIA Director picks?
I Biden waiting because somehow?
The Justice Dept. and CIA have things Biden wants and needs people he wants, not Republicans to get to some Trump info?
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who could chair the Senate HELP Committee in the next Congress, said that the current state of limbo renders the confirmation process “moot” until control of the Senate is clear.
“If you can’t form committees until Jan, 6, 7, 8, something like that? And know whether you’re in the majority or minority? Staff, schedule, meet with nominees, look at FBI files for the chair and ranking member?” Burr asked. “You only really have two weeks there before the inauguration. I’m just not confident a whole lot can be accomplished.”
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), the top Republican on the Banking panel, predicted Biden’s nominees wouldn’t start getting processed until “some time late January,” adding that “it wouldn’t be practical to do anything before [Georgia] anyway.”
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that Biden’s nominees will get votes on the Senate floor if he remains in power, control of the Senate will largely determine how quickly that will happen. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier this month encouraged Senate committees to prepare to hold hearings in January “immediately after the Georgia elections.”
Democrats would almost certainly move Biden’s picks through committees faster than Republicans, who say they will make sure Biden’s nominees get the same scrutiny that Democrats gave to President Donald Trump’s appointments.
Biden cabinet confirmation votes, US Senate ‘advise/consent’, Politics, US Senate Majority 2021 That leaves in jeopardy the tradition of confirming a slate of national security nominees on Inauguration Day. It also means Biden likely won’t be able to fully confront the pandemic and economic devastation as quickly as he’d like….