Former President Barack Obama had six cupboard members confirmed by the Senate earlier than his Inauguration Day in 2009. President Trump had two. But when President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace subsequent week, it is unclear whether or not he’ll have any cupboard members in place.
After he received the election, Biden rolled out his picks for high officers rapidly. But between Trump’s protracted political combat over election outcomes and the longer term management of the Senate up within the air till the Jan. 5 Georgia runoffs, the Republican-controlled Senate was sluggish to schedule hearings for them.
The first is slated for Friday, when the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hears from Avril Haines, Biden’s decide for Director of National Intelligence. Then on Tuesday, the day earlier than inauguration, the Senate has scheduled hearings for 4 nominees: retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin for protection, Janet Yellen for the Treasury, Alejandro Mayorkas for homeland safety, and Antony Blinken for the State Department.
Biden plans to nominate performing company heads when he takes workplace subsequent week, a transition official stated, drawing primarily from the ranks of profession civil servants.
Now, the push to think about and vote on his cupboard will collide with Biden’s push for a large coronavirus aid package deal — in addition to congressional investigations into the Jan. 6 riot, and the impeachment course of for Trump.
“I hope that the Senate management will discover a method to take care of their constitutional duties on impeachment whereas additionally engaged on the opposite pressing enterprise of this nation,” Biden stated in an announcement on Wednesday.