The smooth transition of power and the swift approval of nominees are critical to ensuring the new administration can address the public health and economic crisis left behind by the current president. The corrosive influence of special interests must be rooted out, and lawmakers who obstruct this process will be held accountable.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders have previously insisted that presidents deserve to have their nominees confirmed for Cabinet and other administration posts. This time should be no different.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY): “The Senate has a longstanding tradition of confirming the Cabinet nominees of a newly elected administration in a timely fashion.” [source]
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC): “If Biden wins, and I'm, not conceding he will, he deserves a Cabinet” [source]
- Sen. John Barrasso (WY): “I think that the President coming in for his first term ought to be able to have the cabinet. He won the election. He ought to have who he wants surrounding him.” [source]
- Sen. Roy Blunt (MO): “Having the right people in the right job is an important thing. It's also important to have them in the right job at the right time, and I believe the Senate today is taking important steps to return back to the traditional role of the Senate in confirming nominees and giving presidents an opportunity to do the job they were elected to do.” [source]
- Sen. James Lankford (OK): “The Senate nomination process needs to function efficiently again. Presidents, regardless of their party, should be able to pick their staff. It’s the Senate’s role to ensure nominees are capable and qualified; we have a responsibility to provide advice and consent. Needless obstruction of that process is a failure of our duty.” [source]
- Sen. Ron Johnson (WI): “An administration that is denied its nominees will be unfairly and unnecessarily crippled. We should not sit idly by in the post-nuclear world imposed by Reid and accept the dysfunctional confirmation process or allow these significant problems to remain unaddressed.” [source]
- Senator Rob Portman (OH): “I have long argued that every president — no matter the party — should be given considerable leeway when it comes to putting together his or her team.” [source]