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2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet

2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet
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A slate of potential 2024 White House hopefuls are leading the opposition among Republican senators to President BidenJoe BidenBiden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech Kemp: Pulling All-Star game out of Atlanta will hurt business owners of color MORE's Cabinet nominees.

Of the 21 Cabinet nominations confirmed by the Senate since Jan. 20, GOP Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyMcConnell in tricky spot with GOP, big biz Pence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate MORE (Mo.) has voted the most against the president's picks, according to data compiled by The Hill, opposing 19 and supporting just two: Trade Representative Katherine TaiKatherine TaiTrade deficit rises to record .1 billion in February Craft whiskeys, an American success story, are facing death by trade war The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate MORE and Cecilia RouseCecilia RouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate Sunday shows - Infrastructure in the spotlight Biden economic adviser: 'It's important we upgrade our definition of infrastructure' MORE, the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

No senator voted against Tai and only four voted against Rouse.

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After Hawley, GOP Sens. Rick Scott (Fla.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' GOP lawmakers block Biden assistance to Palestinians Cruz on Boehner: 'I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn' MORE (Texas) have opposed 18 of Biden's Cabinet nominees, while Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonMcConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (Ark.) has opposed 17.

Each of the three, like Hawley, are viewed as potential 2024 White House contenders.

Hawley, who supported challenges to the 2020 election results in Congress, told CNN that he was taking Biden's Cabinet picks "one at a time."

"If there is someone I think will be good to Missouri, that I can defend to my voters, somebody who I think is going to be good for the job, I'll vote for them," Hawley said last month

Scott's office said in a statement that the Florida senator — who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee and supported challenging Biden's win in Pennsylvania — has spoken with all of the Cabinet picks before they received votes on the Senate floor.

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"Throughout this process, Senator Scott has been clear that he will not vote for any nominee who supports raising taxes or backs a job-killing agenda. He also does not support nominees who seek to re-join the disastrous Iran Deal, resume Obama-Biden era appeasement policies toward Cuba or establish weak policies that allow the U.S. to be taken advantage of by Communist China," his office said.

In some cases, the opposition to Biden's Cabinet nominees opens up splits among Republicans from the same state.

Cruz, who led the challenge to Arizona's November results, has supported just three of Biden's Cabinet picks while Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Dakota Access pipeline to remain in operation despite calls for shutdown | Biden hopes to boost climate spending by B | White House budget proposes .4B for environmental justice 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Number of migrants detained at southern border reaches 15-year high: reports MORE (R-Texas) has voted for 15, including Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandBudget tasks DOJ with turnaround of policing, voting rights, hate crimes Progressive group ramps up pressure on Justice Breyer to retire The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE, Director of National Intelligence Avril HainesAvril HainesHillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet MORE and Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenBiden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts Democrats see political winner in tax fight WHO chief laments 'shocking imbalance' in vaccines for poor countries MORE, all of whom Cruz voted against.

Cornyn told Texas reporters during a conference call last month that the "new president should be able to pick, within the limits, the people he wants in his Cabinet.” 

Similarly while Hawley has opposed 19 of Biden's Cabinet picks, Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge DC delegate pushes for removing Capitol fence despite car attack Coons says bipartisan infrastructure package 'likely' to be smaller, not fully financed MORE (Mo.), a member of GOP leadership who is retiring at the end of the 117th Congress, has opposed only five.

Biden's picks didn't face the biggest opposition just from Republicans who will want to defeat him, if he runs for reelection in 2024.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) ranked fifth among Senate Republicans in opposing the most Cabinet picks at 15. Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyFive takeaways from Biden's first budget proposal Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike MORE (R-Ala.), who is at the center of deals to fund the government, voted against 14, along with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - World mourns the death of Prince Philip The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (R-Ky.), who ran for president in 2016, and first-term Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.).

The top 10 for votes against Biden's Cabinet was rounded out by Sens. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottPassage of FASTER Act is critical for food allergy community 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Democrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer MORE (R-S.C.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha Blackburn2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Blackburn introduces bill to require migrant DNA testing at border Bottom line MORE (R-Tenn.), who both voted against 13 of Biden's nominees.

It's hardly the first time senators with presidential aspirations have led the charge against the nominees from a president of an opposite party.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Manhattan law firm named as lead in Cuomo impeachment investigation Senate Democrats call on DHS for details on response to Portland protests MORE (D-N.Y.) voted "no" against 20 of then-President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE's Cabinet nominees in early 2017, while Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (D-Mass.) voted "no" 19 times, according to data compiled by The New York Times.

Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally Top Democrat calling for expansion of child care support When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what's a moderate Democrat to do? MORE (D-N.J.), Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyGreen tech isn't all it's cracked up to be 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet 33 Democrats urge Biden to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline MORE (D-Ore.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis White House unveils official portraits of Biden and Harris MORE (D-Calif.) voted against nominees, according to The Times.

All besides Merkley made White House runs in 2020, with Harris eventually tapped by Biden to be his vice president.

Democratic opposition to Biden's nominees is rare, but not non-existent.

Sanders is the only member of the caucus who has formally voted against one of Biden's picks: Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE.

And opposition from Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinClose the avenues of foreign meddling Democrats see political winner in tax fight MSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' MORE (D-W.Va.) helped sink Neera TandenNeera TandenFive ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet White House delays release of budget plan MORE's nomination to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start Moderate GOP senators and Biden clash at start of infrastructure debate MORE (Maine), meanwhile, has voted for all 21 of Biden's Cabinet picks, and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump looms large over GOP donor retreat in Florida Top GOP super PAC endorses Murkowski amid primary threat Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start MORE (Alaska), who is up for reelection next year, has only voted against one.