拜登关于参议院共和党是否会给内阁提名人带来困难: '你在跟我开玩笑吗?’

拜登关于参议院共和党是否会给内阁提名人带来困难: '你在跟我开玩笑吗?’

在他宣布第一轮内阁公告时, 当选总统 乔·拜登 is acknowledging the potentially rough road ahead he’ll have in confirming his nominees through a Senate that may still be controlled by the Republicans.

Asked Monday by pool reporters if he expects Republicans to put up any significant roadblocks to his Cabinet nominees – who need Senate approval to be confirmed – Biden laughingly responded, “Are you kidding me.

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本月大选产生的下一届参议院当前的权力平衡是 50 共和党人和 48 民主党人. That means Democrats must win both of 佐治亚州’s twin runoff elections on Jan. 5 to make it a 50-50 参议院.

如果发生这种情况, Vice President-elect 卡马拉·哈里斯 would be the tie-breaking vote, 使她的政党在众议院中占多数. 除此以外, 共和党 它的. 米奇·麦康奈尔 of Kentucky will remain as Senate majority leader.

The president-elect earlier Monday announced a number of key Cabinet appointments, including Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of homeland security, Avril Haines to serve as the first woman to lead the intelligence community, and former Secretary of State John Kerry as presidential climate envoy.

Blinken and Mayorkas were confirmed to deputy secretary level cabinet positions during President Obama’s administration with little GOP support.

Biden was also asked why he choose to announce national security nominees first. His brief answer – “because it’s national security.”

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris attend a meeting at The Queen theater Monday, 十一月. 23, 2020, 在威尔明顿, 的. (美联社照片/卡罗琳·卡斯特)

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris attend a meeting at The Queen theater Monday, 十一月. 23, 2020, 在威尔明顿, 的. (美联社照片/卡罗琳·卡斯特)

The president-elect spoke as he was arriving at his makeshift transition headquarters in his hometown of Wilmington, 的。, to team up with Harris for a virtual meeting the United States Conference of Mayors.

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Harris spoke first, telling the mayors, “You all are where the rubber meets the road. You’re on the ground. You walk the streets of America where people recognize you. …You are the ones who take the heat on a daily basis.”

Biden thanked the mayors, telling them, “All of you are on the frontlines from the beginning. As we head into this dark winterwe want you to know we’re here for you.”

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