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Former President Barack Obama has six cabinet members who were confirmed by the Senate prior to his 2009 inauguration, President Trump has two. But when Elected President Joe Biden takes office next week, it is unclear whether he will have cabinet members.
After he won the election, Biden was quick to elect a top official. But during Trump’s lengthy political battle over the election results and future control of the Senate in the air through Jan. 5, the Republican-controlled Georgia Senate delayed the ruling for them.
The first was scheduled on Friday when the Senate Selection Committee on Intelligence was heard from Biden’s Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, then on Tuesday, one day ahead of its launch, the Senate scheduled a hearing for those. Four were nominated: retired Gen. Lloyd Austin for defense, Janet Yellen for Treasury, Alejandro Mayorkas for Homeland Security, and Antony Blinken for the State Department.
Biden plans to appoint the acting head of the acting agency when he takes office next week, the change official said, largely from the career bureaucracy.
Now the hustle to hear and vote in his cabinet will collide with Biden’s push for a massive coronavirus relief kit, including a congressional probe into the Jan. 6 riots and a process to impeach Trump. Camp
“I hope Senate leaders will find a way to deal with their constitutional responsibility in the prosecution while also working in other urgent businesses of the country,” Biden said in a statement on Wednesday.