Republicans plan to make President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees “run the gauntlet” at their confirmations if they keep their Senate majority in January, their conference chair said Sunday.
Referring to the slower pace of confirmations for President Donald Trump’s nominees compared to those in previous administrations, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) said Republicans “are not going to forget what happened with President Trump’s administration and the delayed process that went through it.”
“So, it’s not going to be a garden party,” the No. 3 Senate Republican said. “If the Republicans are in the majority, these nominees are going to have to run the gauntlet.”
Some of the nominees already announced by the president-elect will face a steep climb in their confirmation process. For instance, Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget, was the target of broadsides from congressional Republicans who attacked past tweets from the chief of the liberal Center for American Progress.