Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) warned former Vice President Joe Biden that he should be preparing for a “rocky” time in the U.S. Senate as he attempts to get his cabinet picks confirmed.
In an appearance with Fox’s Laura Ingraham on Tuesday, Hawley declared that the GOP-controlled Senate will not be letting Biden’s nominees slip through the cracks, saying the Senate will not “fast-track” any confirmations for Biden.
“If Joe Biden ends up being sworn in as president, he should prepare for hard vetting of every single nominee,” Hawley said. “And no Republican ought to be out there saying, oh, we’re going to fast-track. We’re not going to fast-track anything.”
Biden has already stirred up controversy with many of his cabinet picks, alternating between infuriating Democrats by choosing establishment or moderate candidates and Republicans by nominating radical progressives.
“If Joe Biden ends up as president, every nominee should be subjected to rigorous, rigorous vetting and questioning,” Hawley reiterated, adding “If he is president, come January, and these are the people that he puts up, he ought to be prepared for a rocky, rocky time in the United States Senate if the Republicans are doing their job.”
In fact, Senate Republicans have already begun rejecting several specific Biden cabinet picks.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) called out Biden’s choice for leader of the White House budget office Neera Tanden, saying on Wednesday that she has “no chance of being confirmed” by the Senate. “The problem with Neera Tanden is not so much her tweets, it’s her radical liberal ideas,” Cotton explained.
“This is a woman who wants Congress to hold up coronavirus relief for the American people so we can give checks to illegal immigrants,” he continued. “There is no chance Neera Tanden will be confirmed. She might as well step aside, or, Joe Biden might as well withdraw her and go back to the drawing board.”