Barrasso: Biden nominees will have to 'run the gauntlet' if GOP controls Senate

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSunday shows - Spotlight shifts to omicron variant Barrasso calls Biden's agenda 'Alice in Wonderland' logic: 'He's the Mad Hatter' Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE (R-Wyo.) suggested Sunday that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden and Harris host 'family' Hanukkah celebration with more than 150 guests Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate looks to break defense bill stalemate MORE would face a sustained confirmation fight for his Cabinet nominees if Republicans maintain their control of the upper chamber.

Barrasso cited the delays for some of President TrumpDonald TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE’s nominees, telling Fox's host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's pre-debate COVID-19 test sparks criticism Bret Baier confirms his 'concerns' about Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 documentary Rittenhouse says Biden defamed his character MORE that GOP senators “are not going to forget what happened with President Trump's administration and the delayed process that went through it.”

“[I]t's not going to be a garden party,” he added." “If the Republicans are in the majority, these nominees are going to have to run the gauntlet.”

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Senate Republicans have already signaled that Neera TandenNeera TandenConservatives target Biden pick for New York district court GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions On The Money — Biden's big plans for the Fed MORE, head of the left-leaning Center for American Progress think tank, will face an uphill confirmation battle for director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Two January runoffs in which Georgia Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSenate GOP worries Trump could derail bid for majority Perdue mulling primary challenge against Kemp in Georgia: report McConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race MORE (R) and David PerdueDavid PerdueStacey Abrams launches campaign for Georgia governor Democrats anxious over Abrams silence on Georgia governor bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Gosar censured as GOP drama heightens MORE (R) will defend their seats will determine control of the upper chamber. Barrasso on Sunday said Republican wins are vital for a check on the incoming Biden administration.

“If you want accountability and not just a rubber stamp for a Joe Biden Cabinet, you need to have people like me as chairman of the Energy Committee,” he told Wallace, “You bet, I'm going to ask tough questions.”

Biden has nominated former Michigan Gov. Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmEnergy Department to seek feedback on voluntary nuclear waste facilities The massive messaging miscues of all the president's men (and women) White House looks to rein in gas prices ahead of busy travel season MORE (D) as Secretary of Energy. Barrasso specifically criticized that nomination on Sunday, citing her past comments on fossil fuels. Biden’s nominees, Barrasso also said, appear to be a “third term of the Obama administration.”

During the same interview, Barrasso acknowledged Biden as president-elect after last week calling it a “gotcha question” following the Electoral College formally confirming Biden’s victory.