Biden picks Obama communications director to lead confirmation team: report

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' News leaders deal with the post-Trump era MORE has enlisted former White House communications director Jen PsakiJen PsakiFive states have yet to administer one dose of vaccine to half their populations Biden has convinced allies 'America is back,' says France's Macron Biden, Macron huddle on sidelines of G7 summit MORE to spearhead Senate confirmation battles, Politico reported Wednesday.

Control of the Senate will come down to two January runoffs in Georgia, with Democrats achieving a 50-50 split in a best-case scenario. As a result, the new Biden administration may face a series of battles as Biden names his Cabinet.

Reema Dodin, who serves as floor director for Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Trump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Overnight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US MORE (D-Ill.), will serve in a similar capacity on legislative fights, according to Politico.


The Biden team is set to expand its war room in the next week, adding a combination of campaign staffers and Capitol Hill volunteers.

The team is also reportedly considering mounting public relations offensives for Cabinet nominees, introducing them to America at large ahead of Senate hearings to increase their public support.

Biden has touted his capacity to work across the aisle and bargain with Republicans, but publicly opposing his nominations will also likely be an early audition for GOP 2024 hopefuls in the chamber, Politico notes.

Psaki, who currently works as a senior transition adviser to Biden, has repeatedly sounded the alarm about the Trump administration’s refusal to allow access to materials relating to national security and the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re not interested in having a food fight with the [General Services Administration] administrator, or anyone really, we just want to get access to intelligence information, to threat assessments, and to the ongoing work on COVID, so that we can prepare to govern, to bring the American people together and to get the pandemic under control,” Psaki told CNBC last week.

A Biden transition official told The Hill that the president-elect's team is "operating under belief that the Senate will be under substantial pressure from the public and voters across the country  as well as from their allies in the business community and throughout Washington  to take action on the economy and public health crises, to confirm nominees and rebuild federal agencies with competent public servants." 

Updated at 9:44 a.m.