Top GOP senator warns of weekend work on Trump nominees
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday New legislation required to secure US semiconductor leadership 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. 
 
 
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"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 McConnell'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project ACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Carville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race 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 WydenHillicon Valley: Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse | Trump administration awards tech group contract to build 'virtual' wall | Advocacy groups urge Congress to ban facial recognition technologies Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic proposal to extend 0 unemployment checks MORE (D-Ore.) is formally objecting to holding Pompeo's vote on Friday, which would likely push it to Monday.