Schumer: Hearings for Biden Cabinet picks must start before inauguration

Schumer: Hearings for Biden Cabinet picks must start before inauguration
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Progressives push for fossil subsidy repeal in spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday said that he wants hearings for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE’s Cabinet picks to start in early January, paving the way to start holding confirmation votes on day one.

“Hearings on President-elect Biden’s nominees should begin in January immediately after the Georgia runoff elections,” Schumer said, referring to the two Jan. 5 elections that will determine which party controls the Senate.

Schumer added that the timeline would set up key Cabinet picks to get confirmation votes on the Senate floor on Jan. 20 “and soon thereafter, which is traditional for a new president.”

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“The Senate should follow precedent and hold hearings on President-elect Biden’s nominees in January immediately after the Georgia elections, before inauguration,” Schumer said.

The Senate held several hearings before President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE’s Cabinet picks before his inauguration, though he faced delays, compared with his predecessors, on getting Cabinet votes on the Senate floor.

Trump got only two Cabinet picks confirmed on day one of his administration, compared with six for then-President Obama and seven for then-President George W. Bush.

By Feb. 10, he had seven Cabinet members confirmed compared to Obama’s 12 and Bush’s 14, which was his entire Cabinet.