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    WASHINGTON -- The Democratic-controlled Congress has easily passed legislation required to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as President Joe Biden's secretary of defense, brushing aside concerns that his retirement occurred inside the seven-year window that safeguards civilian leadership of the military.It would be the first measure to be signed into law by brand-new President Joe Biden.The Senate sent the measure exempting Austin from the seven-year rule to Biden on Thursday after a 69-27 Senate tally that came moments after a comparably lopsided 326-78 House vote. The back-to-back votes put Austin in position to be confirmed as secretary by Friday.Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, confirmed that the confirmation vote on Austin would be conducted Friday.Austin, a 41-year veteran of the Army, has promised to surround himself with qualified civilians and include them in policy decisions. He said he has spent nearly his entire life committed to the principle of civilian control over...
    Josh Hawley, a terrible person. So apparently not satisfied with egging on the attack on the U.S. Capitol this month, Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley blocked the quick confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The petulant move by Hawley, who lives full-time in Virginia but was elected to represent Missouri, blocks Biden from quickly confirming a competent official to head the agency that would stop white supremacist violence like the kind Hawley encouraged.  "The Senate held swift confirmation votes for the DHS Secretary nominee in 2009 and 2017 in order for them to start on day one for good reason," Biden official Sean Savett told CNN earlier this week. "Senator Hawley's threat to disrupt historical practice and try to leave this vital position vacant is dangerous, especially in this time of overlapping crises when there is not a moment to waste." “Democrats, who...
    (CNN)Sen. Tom Cotton is waiting for an answer from President Joe Biden's director of national intelligence nominee Avril Haines before he agrees to a speedy Senate confirmation vote, in what's likely to determine whether Haines' is confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday.Cotton has asked Haines to clarify an answer she gave Tuesday during her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing about the CIA's interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration before allowing her confirmation to move forward, a Senate GOP aide said.The aide said that Cotton was hopeful that he would receive a written response from Haines on Wednesday, known as a "question for the record," at which point he would lift his hold on Haines' nomination. But Cotton's hold means it's unclear whether Haines will get a Senate vote Wednesday. A Democratic Senate aide confirmed Cotton was the reason for a delay on Haines' confirmation.The hold from Cotton, even...
    Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., blocked quick consideration of President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, citing Biden’s proposals for "amnesty" for illegal immigrants and answers about border security. Alejandro Mayorkas had answered questions earlier in the day at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. When committee members moved to bypass full committee consideration to speed up his confirmation, Hawley objected. BIDEN DHS NOMINEE MAYORKAS SAYS ICE SHOULD NOT BE DEFUNDED, DESPITE LIBERAL CALLS "On Day 1 of his administration, President-elect Biden has said he plans to unveil an amnesty plan for 11 million immigrants in this nation illegally," the populist senator said in a statement. "This comes at a time when millions of American citizens remain out of work and a new migrant caravan has been attempting to reach the United States. Mr. Mayorkas has not adequately explained how he will enforce federal law...
    Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley said that he would object to the expedited consideration of Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Hawley’s announcement came hours after Mayorkas’s confirmation hearing Tuesday morning, and will delay the confirmation of a post that Democrats have argued is absolutely imperative to fill as soon as possible given the heightened risks to national security. “Mr. Mayorkas has not adequately explained how he will enforce federal law and secure the southern border given President-elect Biden’s promise to roll back major enforcement and security measures,” Hawley said in a statement. “Just today, he declined to say he would enforce the laws Congress has already passed to secure the border wall system. Given this, I cannot consent to skip the standard vetting process and fast-track this nomination when so many questions remain unanswered,” Hawley said. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) signs on to...
    Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHawley's forthcoming book picked up by conservative publishing house Trump allies, Washington insiders helped plan rallies before Capitol breach: reports What Martin Luther King, at 39, taught me at 35 MORE (R-Mo.) announced on Tuesday he would place a hold on Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasThis week: Tensions running high in Trump's final days Overnight Defense: Agency watchdogs probing response to Capitol riots | 25,000 guardsmen now approved for inauguration security | Troops levels in Afghanistan, Iraq hit 2,500 Biden briefed by federal officials on security concerns regarding inauguration MORE, President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Hawley, who has come under fire recently amid allegations that he played...
    Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the coronavirus welfare bill will be his party’s top priority, but added that the recent violent assault on Capitol Hill shows the need to confirm the security team. President-elect Joe Biden’s national campaign on “day one” of the new government. Miami World / AP In a letter to his colleagues first shared with The Associated Press, Schumer reported Tuesday night that the deadly riots on Capitol Hill a week ago at the hands of a mob loyal to President Donald Trump were “one of the darkest days in all the history of the United States ”. The insurrection of January 6 “showed us that we need qualified and confirmed people by the Senate (not in interim capacity) in key positions of national security” from day one, including the secretaries of Defense, National Security, State and Justice, among others, Schumer wrote. “The economic challenges...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden has been moving swiftly to fill out much of his Cabinet. Whether the Senate will do the same is another question. Biden faces the tricky task of navigating a narrowly divided Senate with competing factions within his own party, calls by conservative senators to bring the nomination process to a slow grind -- all with the added complication of the hotly contested Georgia runoff races making it impossible for the Senate to formally organize until the outcome is clear.Biden Transition Biden receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine Biden poised to nominate Connecticut education chief Miguel Cardona as education secretary Here's which Biden Cabinet and other top roles haven't been announced yet MAP: Full presidential election results Moreover, some Republican senators have little interest in beginning the confirmation process in January with President Donald Trump refusing to concede the race, meaning Biden could have a difficult...
    In Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump could not have picked a better, more qualified person to serve on the United States Supreme Court. An accomplished jurist, Notre Dame law professor, and mom of seven, Judge Barrett possesses the strength of intellect, high moral character and dedication to the rule of law befitting our nation’s highest court. She is also a model of decency and civility, as countless colleagues of hers have attested to over the years. We join governors from around the country to strongly support her nomination. The Senate should confirm her without delay. ROMNEY SAYS HE WILL VOTE TO CONFIRM AMY CONEY BARRETT TO SUPREME COURT Judge Barrett’s qualifications are without question. After graduating summa cum laude and first in her class from Notre Dame Law School, she clerked at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and at the Supreme Court for...
    (CNN)Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has officially laid the groundwork for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to get approved by his GOP-led panel in 10 days, setting the stage for one of the quickest confirmation processes for a Supreme Court nominee in modern times -- all before she's taken a question from a senator.Soon after senators and Barrett finished delivered their opening statements on her first day of hearings on Monday, Graham set up a key business meeting for Thursday to consider the nomination for a vote.At that Thursday meeting, which will occur after two days of questioning from senators, the committee will officially schedule a vote on the nomination for October 22.Graham and his GOP colleagues got a boost because two of the senators who had tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month -- Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah -- are expected to attend...
    Washington (CNN)Senate Republican leaders are plotting a quick confirmation vote for Amy Coney Barrett this month, confident that enough senators will return to give her a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court and setting aside fears the spread of Covid-19 in GOP circles could derail the effort. The move comes as Barrett -- who has already spoken to more than two dozen GOP senators -- is beginning to hear directly from Senate Democrats in private meetings about their concerns as the nominee gears up for contentious hearings set to begin Monday. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who was the first Senate Democrat to meet with Barrett last week, told CNN that at the onset of the hour-plus meeting, White House counsel Pat Cipollone told him the federal judge would not be able to talk about matters that might come before her on the Supreme Court. "I said, 'I gotta have...
    By Darlene Superville, Lisa Mascaro and Hope Yen | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday it’s “time for a woman” in nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, but Democratic rival Joe Biden implored the Senate to hold off on confirmation until after the Nov. 3 election to “let the people decide.” Trump’s announcement of Barrett for the seat held by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is launching a high-stakes, fast-track election season fight over confirmation of the conservative judge who is expected to shift the court right-ward as it reviews health care, abortion access and other hot-button issues. “I think it’s going to be really thrilling,” Trump said during a post-announcement interview with Fox News Channel that aired Sunday. But Biden appealed directly to his former colleagues in the Republican-held Senate to “take a step back from the brink.” Biden urged the Senate not...
    Reuters September 27, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Senate Republicans on Sunday prepared a concerted push toward quickly confirming President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, despite strenuous objections by Democrats who appear powerless to stop them. In a White House Rose Garden ceremony on Saturday, Trump announced Barrett, 48, as his selection to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18 at age 87. Barrett said she would be a justice in the mold of the late staunch conservative Antonin Scalia. Her confirmation would result in a 6-3 conservative majority on the court. Trump urged Republicans, who hold a 53-47 Senate majority, to confirm Barrett, a federal appeals court judge and a favorite of religious conservatives, by the Nov. 3 election. He has said he expects the justices to have to resolve the election in which he faces Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The...
    By Lawrence Hurley and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Sunday prepared a concerted push toward quickly confirming President Donald Trump's third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, despite strenuous objections by Democrats who appear powerless to stop them. In a White House Rose Garden ceremony on Saturday, Trump announced Barrett, 48, as his selection to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18 at age 87. Barrett said she would be a justice in the mold of the late staunch conservative Antonin Scalia. Her confirmation would result in a 6-3 conservative majority on the court. Trump urged Republicans, who hold a 53-47 Senate majority, to confirm Barrett, a federal appeals court judge and a favorite of religious conservatives, by the Nov. 3 election. He has said he expects the justices to have to resolve the election in which he faces Democratic challenger Joe...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday will announce a Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, formally kicking off a contentious and high-stakes battle over the fate of the court that will play out in a bitterly-divided Senate. Senate Republicans, who have the majority in the upper chamber, have signaled plans to quickly move to take up the nomination in the midst of an election season where control of the White House and Congress are on the line, setting the stage for the possibility of a final confirmation vote before Election Day on November 3.That timeline would leave no room for error and only a little more than a month for the Senate to complete the confirmation process. In contrast, a Senate Republican Judiciary Committee memo from 2005 obtained by CNN shows preparations for a far lengthier timeline of between 10...
    The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) unveiled a $2.2 million ad campaign on Monday to lobby vulnerable Senate Republicans to back a speedy confirmation of President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee. JCN will run the ad titled, “Follow Precedent,” in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, Utah, and Maine, urging Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to quickly confirm Trump’s replacement for the late-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The ads will also air in Washington, D.C. The Judicial Crisis Network will also reportedly run at least $10 million in ads this month ahead of the Supreme Court confirmation fight. The narrator in the ad noted that the Senate confirmed previous female Supreme Court nominees Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor with little delay. “Justice Ginsburg was confirmed in 42 days. Only three Senators voted against her. Justice O’Connor was confirmed in 33 days. It was unanimous,” the narrator...
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