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Schumer calls for Senate to take up Biden nominees before inauguration

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/30/2020 Susan Ferrechio
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate should hold hearings on President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees before Biden takes the oath of office on Jan. 20.

The New York Democrat called for hearings as soon as a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia determines the winners in two vacant Senate races.

“The Senate should begin immediate consideration of the president-elect’s nominees immediately after the Georgia elections so key Cabinet officials can be confirmed on Jan. 20 and soon thereafter, which is traditional for a new president," Schumer said.

Schumer pointed out that the Senate held pre-inaugural nomination hearings for both Presidents Barack Obama and Trump.

But in 2009 and 2017, the incoming president and the Senate majority belonged to the same party.

Senate Republicans now run the Senate and have not indicated when they will begin holding hearings on Democrat Biden’s nominees.

Biden has announced his intention to nominate several Cabinet picks, including former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen for treasury secretary.

If Democrats win the two Georgia races, the Senate will be tied with 50 lawmakers in each party, but the majority will be controlled by Democrats, thanks to incoming Vice President Kamala Harris, who can cast tie-breaking votes.

Republicans are already warning against far-left nominees and are calling on Biden to consult with the GOP before sending Cabinet picks to the Senate.

If they maintain the majority in January, Republicans could take the rare step of rejecting some of Biden's nominees.

Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, called Biden's choice of Neera Tanden as his budget chief "a misstep."

Tanden heads the liberal Center for American Progress and has been deleting tweets that are highly critical of GOP senators.

In one 2018 tweet, Tanden called key swing GOP vote Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, "pathetic," after Collins said she did not support delaying the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Tags: News, Congress, Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, White House Transition, Janet Yellen, John Cornyn

Original Author: Susan Ferrechio

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