Although Democrats hold 51 seats in the Senate, it doesn’t mean that Joe Biden can nominate anyone to the federal office or federal bench. There have been several recent high-profile embarrassing withdrawals by nominees for a variety of reasons.
Some were too radical for Democrats. Others were woefully incompetent. What’s interesting about these withdrawals is that Senator Chuck Schumer (the Senate Majority Leader) and the White House blame Republicans.
Recently, Phil Washington was forced to withdraw from the nomination for the FAA administrator position. Washington was a former military officer and the CEO of Denver International Airport.
Washington has no aviation experience. This was shocking in light of the waiver issues. She suggested that the administration quickly nominate an FAA administrator who has substantial aviation safety experience.
Biden found the Commerce Committee to have been a particularly painful spot.
Biden’s nominees for the Commerce Committee have had a rough ride. Gigi Son, an FCC nomination, resigned earlier in the month, after being twice nominated by Biden to fill the spot. These confirmation battles are just a few of the many that have consumed the first day of Congress.
In the coming weeks, the GOP will be talking about the nomination of Julie Su as head of the Labor Department. Her vote to confirm her role as deputy Labor Secretary for 2021 was not supported by Republicans. Even though she was supported by Democrats back then, moderate Democrats will be under pressure to resign.
Julie Su was California’s labor secretary during more than $32,000,000 in COVID-19 unemployed Fraud. Bernie Sanders said she was excited about the hearing and would like to see her confirm.
This is not a strong endorsement.
Sohn was a hacker-partisan who tweeted insults about Republicans. Not every Biden nominee to the federal bench gets universal approval.
Due to absences, Michael Delaney, the nominee for the judicial seat on Judiciary Committee is also currently in limbo. His nomination might not be able to proceed to Biden’s selection to the First Circuit Court of Appeal, however, Dick Durbin (D.Ill.) may have to vote against it. According to the Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin (D.Ill.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D.Calif. ), stated that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.Calif.) was not present, so I could not consider nominees… A tie vote in the committee is a losing one. ”
In addition, Senator Tommy Tuberville, a Republican from Alabama, established a blockade to prevent quick confirmations and promotion to Pentagon nominees. After the Defense Department had developed policies that would allow troops to access abortion, this was done.
Biden is showing weakness by not being able to get the people he needs on the bench and in office.