'It's not going to be a garden party': GOP senator suggests that the confirmation process for Biden's Cabinet nominees won't be easy

Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming). Alex Wong / Getty Images
GOP Senator John Barrasso said Sunday that cabinet candidates proposed by President-elect Joe Biden in a Republican-controlled Senate should not expect an easy path to confirmation, according to Politico.
"It's not going to be a garden party," he said. "If the Republicans are in the majority, these candidates have to fight."
Comparing Biden's candidates to former President Barack Obama's cabinet, Barrasso said the selection was similar to a "third term for the Obama administration."
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Senator John Barrasso said Sunday that cabinet candidates put forward by President-elect Joe Biden in a Republican-controlled Senate should not expect an easy path to affirmation, stressing that, according to Politico, the party would get the candidates to "lead the fight." ".
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The Wyoming Republican and chairman of the Senate Republican Conference alleged that President Donald Trump's candidates had lagged behind previous administrations and stressed that party members "are not forgetting about President Trump's administration and the delayed process that is going on she went through, happened. ""
He added, "So it's not going to be a garden party. If the Republicans are in the majority, those candidates will have to fight."
While many of Biden's candidates are expected to receive bipartisan support, including Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken and former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, others including Neera Tanden, the candidate for the White House Office of Administration and Budget, and the Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra, won over as head of the Ministry of Health and Human Services, will face opposition from the GOP.
Comparing Biden's candidates to former President Barack Obama's cabinet, Barrasso said the selection was similar to a "third term for the Obama administration."
He then stated that former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, Biden's nominee for the Department of Energy, would pose some problems for him based on previous comments she made on fossil fuels. She was the governor of Midwestern state from 2003 to 2011 and worked with Obama and Biden to oversee the auto industry's rescue during the Great Recession.
Granholm would support Biden's proposed climate policy as part of her role as Energy Minister. This $ 2 trillion proposal is to move the country to a carbon-free energy sector by 2035 and invest heavily in infrastructure and the auto industry.
If Republicans take the two seats in the Senate in the Georgia runoff elections in January 2021, they will have 52 seats in the upper chamber, securing a majority. In such a scenario, Barrasso would chair the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which would take on Granholm's nomination. However, if the Democrats win both seats, they will have a majority and Biden will be able to enforce his candidates with Kamala Harris' tie.
"If you want accountability and not just a stamp on a Joe Biden cabinet, you have to have people like me chairing the energy committee," he said. "Bet I'll ask tough questions."
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