Top GOP senator warns of weekend work on Trump nominees
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynEnough legal games — we need to unleash American energy Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement MORE (R-Texas) is warning that the Senate could hold a rare weekend session as Republicans try to break a logjam on President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees. 

The Senate majority whip tweeted ahead of Friday's inauguration that he is "prepared" for the chamber to stay in "as long as it takes" to confirm Trump's picks. 
The Senate is currently expected to confirm only two Trump nominees on Friday, retired Gens. James Mattis and John Kelly, picked to lead the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security, respectively. 
Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIn the next relief package Congress must fund universal COVID testing Ocasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech New poll shows Markey with wide lead over Kennedy in Massachusetts MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters that they would also start debate on Rep. Mike Pompeo's (R-Kan.) nomination to lead the CIA and hedged when pressed if he was ruling out votes on other non-controversial nominees. 

"I'm not getting into names, but we are still negotiating," Schumer said when asked if he was ruling out Friday votes for Elaine Chao, Ben Carson and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) — Trump's picks for the Transportation Department, Housing and Urban Development Department and United Nations ambassador, respectively. 

Trump is currently poised to get less than a third of the number of nominees President Obama got confirmed on the day of his 2009 inauguration. The then-Democratic controlled Senate confirmed seven of his picks on day one. 

Republicans have frequently pointed to Obama's first term as a guidepost for how many picks they wanted to get confirmed on Inauguration Day. 

Cornyn and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' Overnight Health Care: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal | US records deadliest day of summer | Georgia governor drops lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal MORE (R-Ky.) had both signaled that seven was roughly the number they hoped to get approved in the Senate on Friday. 

While Democrats can't block any of Trump's nominees without Republican support, they can use the Senate's procedural levers to drag out a nomination for days. 

GOP leadership is facing a time crunch to get Trump's nominees cleared quickly, with Republicans expected to leave town mid-next week to go to their annual retreat.

A source told CNN that Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenElection security advocates see strong ally in Harris OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog report raises new questions for top Interior lawyer | Senate Democrats ask Trump to withdraw controversial public lands nominee | Border wall water use threatens endangered species, environmentalists say Watchdog report raises new questions for top Interior lawyer MORE (D-Ore.) is formally objecting to holding Pompeo's vote on Friday, which would likely push it to Monday.