Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that once Joe Biden is sworn in as president, all of his nominees will get confirmation votes.
The Kentucky Republican told Scott Jennings, an opinions contributor for the Courier-Journal, that he will not resist bringing Biden’s nominees to the Senate floor and contrasted his attitude toward having an opposing party in the Oval Office to how Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer acted during President Trump’s tenure.
“Well, first of all, I am going to treat him a hell of a lot better than Chuck Schumer ever treated Donald Trump,” McConnell said, adding that he doesn’t intend to “bring the administration to its knees” the way he said Schumer did after Trump was sworn into office back in 2017.
Schumer reportedly led 128 filibusters of Trump nominees, which consumed time and forced McConnell to file cloture in order to approve the president’s appointees.
“[Biden’s nominees] aren’t all going to pass on a voice vote, and they aren’t all going to make it, but I will put them on the floor,” McConnell vowed.
All this hinges on the results of the Senate runoffs in Georgia next month, with Republican control of the upper chamber hanging in the balance.
Last week, the long-time senator recognized Biden as the president-elect for the first time, a move that came during a floor speech a day after the Electoral College certified Biden’s win over Trump.
“The Electoral College has spoken,” McConnell said. “So, today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He’s devoted himself to public service for many years. I also want to congratulate the vice president-elect, our colleague from California, Sen. Harris. Beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time.”
McConnell told the Courier-Journal that he saw the election results as a mandate from voters for Democrats and Republicans to work “between the 40-yard lines” and said infrastructure spending was a potential point of common ground going forward.
“I think the American people expect us to look for areas of agreement in a divided system while setting aside for debate the things we don’t agree on,” he said.
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