A trio of moderate Republican senators have indicated they will vote to approve Joe Biden’s cabinet appointments as long as they are “traditional,” in comments to Politico published Friday.
Depending on the outcome of Georgia’s second round of Senate, Republicans could hold between 50 and 52 seats, potentially retaining their majority. Democrats feared a Republican-controlled Senate would deny confirmation of Biden’s cabinet choices.
However, Senators Mitt Romney (R., Utah), Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) have all indicated they would approve the nominations for Biden’s cabinet in interviews with Politico. Support from all three would give Democrats a majority of votes to confirm cabinet positions.
“He is our president-elect. All presidents are entitled to their cabinet, ”Murkowski said of Biden. “Our job, our role, is to make sure it selects people who are part of the mainstream and who are good, qualified and credible candidates. And if he does that, of course, I’ll work with him.
Collins said she would give presidents “great latitude” to make their cabinet appointments, while Romney said a “president should be able to choose his cabinet by excluding someone who is out of touch. dominant of one or the other of the parties ”.
If Republicans retain control of the Senate, any ground votes on those named by Biden would have to be approved by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.). Biden would also be much less likely to nominate progressives such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) To cabinet positions if Republicans held their majority.
The second round of the Georgia Senate, scheduled for January 5, will pit incumbent Republican David Perdue against progressive Jon Ossoff and Republican candidate Kelly Loeffler against challenger Raphael Warnock.