Cruz signals tough road for Biden nominees until election lawsuits resolved

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe CDC's Title 42 order fuels racism and undermines public health Ocasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema MORE (R-Texas) is warning that the Senate might not start the confirmation process for any of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE's nominees until all election-related lawsuits are resolved.

"As long as there's litigation ongoing, and the election result is disputed, I do not think you will see the Senate act to confirm any nominee," Cruz said in an interview with Axios published Thursday.

His remarks followed similar comments by Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races Most Senate Republicans don't want to see Trump run again MORE (R-Wis.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee who said he would hold a hearing next week on the "irregularities" of the 2020 election.

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President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE earlier this week asked Cruz to argue the lawsuit from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) if the Supreme Court takes up the case, which seeks to overturn the election results from key battleground states won by Biden.

The reluctance on the part of several Republican lawmakers to initiate the confirmation process for Biden's Cabinet picks, by holding confirmation hearings, could prevent Biden from having key members in place when he takes office on Jan. 20.

Nominees for incoming administrations typically receive a majority of their nominees' hearings before Inauguration Day.

If Democrats win both Senate runoff races in Georgia on Jan. 5, they would win control of the chamber and be in a position to speed along the confirmation process starting Jan. 20.

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema MORE (R-Utah), who has been a critic of Trump's litigation challenging the election, told Axios on Tuesday that he thinks "a president is entitled to the team he wants to put together, unless they're completely off the mark, and so I'll give them a good read," referring to Biden's Cabinet nominees.