19.2 C
Houston
Monday, January 18, 2021

Biden to appoint acting agency heads in response to confirmation delays: Report

President-elect Joe Biden reportedly plans to appoint acting heads to several agencies following his inauguration due to delays in the transition process.

Career officials will be put in place to head most Cabinet agencies and some sub-Cabinet agencies, according to a Tuesday report from the Wall Street Journal citing Biden’s transition team.

The president-elect’s transition team did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for confirmation of the news.

By appointing the acting heads, Biden will be able to replace President Trump’s appointees as close to Jan. 20 as possible, paving the way for Senate confirmations of his Cabinet nominees. None of his nominees are scheduled to be confirmed prior to his inauguration.

Biden has urged the Senate that the heads of the departments of state, defense, treasury, and homeland security “should be confirmed as close to Jan. 20 as possible.”

Only three Cabinet nominees for the incoming Biden administration have had their congressional hearings scheduled: Treasury Department nominee Janet Yellen, Defense Department pick Lloyd Austin, and Homeland Security nominee Alejandro Mayorkas. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Finance Committee, announced on Tuesday that Yellen’s hearing would be scheduled for Jan. 19, the day before the inauguration.

NBC News reported that hearings for Austin and Mayorkas are also slated for Jan. 19.

With impeachment proceedings against Trump potentially looming on the horizon for the Senate, there may be further delays to the president-elect’s Cabinet confirmations. Biden suggested the Senate split its time between the two issues.

“Can you go [a] half day on dealing with the impeachment and a half day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate?” he said to reporters on Monday.

There is some disagreement among legal professionals as to whether acting agency leaders hold the same powers as those confirmed by the Senate.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge James Donato in San Francisco ruled against a Trump administration expansion of asylum restrictions over the acting status of then-acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf.

“The government has recycled exactly the same legal and factual claims made in the prior cases, as if they had not been soundly rejected in well-reasoned opinions by several courts,” Donato wrote. “This is a troubling litigation strategy. In effect, the government keeps crashing the same car into a gate, hoping that someday it might break through.”



Read More at Washingtonexaminer

Latest news

100 activists and caravan show up for Virginia’s scaled-back Lobby Day

RICHMOND, Virginia — About 100 gun rights activists showed up Monday in Virginia's capital...

Rudy Giuliani denies role in alleged cash-for-pardon scheme

Rudy Giuliani denied any involvement in an alleged scheme seeking cash in exchange for...

Three samples of ice cream tested positive for COVID-19 in China

Pat Gray discussed a report released on Friday about COVID-19-contaminated ice cream produced in China by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company. "It's likely this has come...

Joe Biden is Going to Help All of Us, He’s Giving Us 100 Days to Reach the US (VIDEO)

A massive migrant caravan formed in Honduras in anticipation of a Biden Administration. According to Center for Immigration Studies, the new caravan left San Pedro...

Related news

100 activists and caravan show up for Virginia’s scaled-back Lobby Day

RICHMOND, Virginia — About 100 gun rights activists showed up Monday in Virginia's capital...

Rudy Giuliani denies role in alleged cash-for-pardon scheme

Rudy Giuliani denied any involvement in an alleged scheme seeking cash in exchange for...

Three samples of ice cream tested positive for COVID-19 in China

Pat Gray discussed a report released on Friday about COVID-19-contaminated ice cream produced in China by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company. "It's likely this has come...

Joe Biden is Going to Help All of Us, He’s Giving Us 100 Days to Reach the US (VIDEO)

A massive migrant caravan formed in Honduras in anticipation of a Biden Administration. According to Center for Immigration Studies, the new caravan left San Pedro...

Bill Maher tells his audience not to hate 74 million Trump voters because 5,000 people rioted

Comedian Bill Maher, often a voice of reason for those on the liberal left, told his audience on Friday's episode of his HBO show...

COVID Lockdowns Will Result In 1 Million Excess Deaths Over Next 15 Years, Scientists Find

Back in the summer of 2020, a critical discussion almost broke out between progressives on one hand, who were adamant that if "just one...

FBI Vetting National Guard Troops Amid Inauguration Security Concerns

The feds have rounded up at least 89 people charged in the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, most of them right-wing Trump...

BOOM: Conservative publishing house picks up Hawley’s book after Simon & Schuster dumped him

Senator Josh Hawley’s book has found a new publisher after he was dumped by the leftists who run Simon & Schuster: NY TIMES – Regnery...