Senator Bernie Sanders, a progressive independent of Vermont, has emerged as a candidate for Secretary of Labor in President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., a prospect that would meet his ambitions to be a warrior for working Americans – and one that makes some Senate Republicans are very restless.
This is evidence of the deterioration of the Senate confirmation process that a longtime colleague – even one who is fiercely opposed to politics – will face such a Republican hurdle. In the not-so-distant past, fellow senators had considerable freedom on the part of the opposition if they were elected to join the executive branch.
The growing senatorial resistance to Mr Sanders, even before any official action by the new administration, reflects Mr Biden’s daunting task. If Republicans stick to their majority in the Senate next year, Mr. Biden will be the first president since George W. Bush to enter office in 1989 without his party controlling the House and leading the confirmation process. And this process has become much more toxic to the point where senators regularly engage in almost complete opposition to the election of a president from the opposing party – if they allow consideration at all.
Some Republicans, who must win at least one of the two run-offs in Georgia’s Senate election on January 5 to hold their slim majority, have already made it clear that they are not ready to give Mr Biden much freedom as far as to the nominees. They note the Democrats’ efforts over the past four years to block President Trump’s election and force Republicans to clear up any time-consuming procedural hurdle, even when the end result is inevitable.
“I can assure you that there will be no set of rules for Donald Trump and, if Joe Biden takes office, another set of rules for him,” Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show this week. , conservative host.