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Schumer sets up confirmation blitz in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill Budowsky: Cruz goes to Cancun, AOC goes to Texas MORE (D-N.Y.) is teeing up a blitz of confirmation floor votes on President BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE's nominees this week.

The focus on nominations comes as Senate Democrats are waiting for the House to send them Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster House Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow MORE (D-Calif.) wants a House vote on the bill by Friday, allowing the Senate to take it up as soon as next week.

In the meantime, Schumer said that Democrats would be working to confirm four Biden picks.

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"The Senate will continue the process of confirming President Biden's nominees with a vote on Linda Thomas-GreenfieldLinda Thomas-GreenfieldThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J A-OK, Tanden in Trouble The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Overnight Defense: Law enforcement officials blame Pentagon 'reluctance' to deploy National Guard in first hearing on Capitol attack | Watchdog report finds Pentagon didn't fully evaluate border deployment requests | Biden's UN ambassador confirmed MORE to serve as the next U.N. ambassador," he said from the Senate floor Monday.

The Senate is expected to hold an initial vote on Thomas-Greenfield's nomination Monday night.

After they wrap up Biden's United Nations pick, Schumer said they would turn to Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE's nomination to be the secretary of Agriculture. Under a deal stuck earlier this month, the Senate is expected to hold a vote to confirm Vilsack, who held the same position during the Obama administration, on Tuesday.

Schumer is also teeing up votes on former Michigan Gov. Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms former Michigan governor Granholm as Energy secretary | GOP bill would codify Trump rule on financing for fossil fuels, guns | Kennedy apologizes for calling Haaland a 'whack job' Senate confirms former Michigan governor Granholm as Energy secretary The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display MORE (D) to lead the Department of Energy and Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaOvernight Defense: Law enforcement officials blame Pentagon 'reluctance' to deploy National Guard in first hearing on Capitol attack | Watchdog report finds Pentagon didn't fully evaluate border deployment requests | Biden's UN ambassador confirmed Schumer sets up confirmation blitz in Senate Biden passes one-month mark with less than half a Cabinet MORE, Connecticut's commissioner of education, to be Education secretary.

"Both nominees have been advanced by the respective committees with bipartisan votes, a pattern this week and at a time when our nation is gripped by a once in a century crisis. The president deserves to have his nominees approved quickly by this chamber so they can immediately get to work healing our great country," Schumer said.

Biden has gotten seven Senate-approved nominees confirmed so far, after getting only one through on his first day in office: Director of National Intelligence Avril HainesAvril HainesSenate confirms former Michigan governor Granholm as Energy secretary Biden says he has read report on Khashoggi murder Biden to speak with Saudi king 'soon' as pressure builds for Khashoggi report MORE.

Getting four confirmed in one week would be the most Biden has gotten through the Senate in a similar time frame since taking office.