The only confirmation hearing that has been formally announced is that of Defense secretary nominee Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee Biden Pentagon pick could make up to .7M from leaving Raytheon The Hill's Morning Report - House to impeach Trump this week MORE, whose hearing is also set for next Tuesday. Aside from needing Senate confirmation, the House and the Senate will both need to approve a waiver for the retired U.S. Army general to bypass a law that requires Defense secretaries to have been retired from active military service for at least seven years. … [Read more...] about Confirmation hearing for Biden Treasury pick Yellen expected next Tuesday
> Note: New York Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerWoman interrupts Schumer press conference, calls him 'racist anti-Semite' Overnight Energy: EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations | Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report | Officials ousted from White House after papers casting doubt on climate science Senate to be briefed on inauguration security after Capitol attack MORE (D) will become the majority leader this month once the Senate runoff winners have been certified in Georgia and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: Sanders will be gatekeeper for key Biden proposals | Senate majority gives Biden path to student loan forgiveness | Confirmation hearing for Yellen expected next Tuesday McConnell has said he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses: report Brown puts housing, eviction protections at top of Banking panel agenda MORE takes office on Jan. 20 and is able to cast a tie-breaking … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – How many Republicans will vote for Trump’s impeachment?
There are also major foreign policy figures who extol Blinken’s virtues. Samantha PowerSamantha Jane PowerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - COVID-19 vaccine moves ahead. Congress? Not so much The Memo: Tension builds around key Biden nominees Five things to know about Antony Blinken, Biden's pick for State MORE, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President Obama, referred to Blinken on Twitter as “a great leader and an inspired choice.” Susan Rice, who served in the same role, and also as national security adviser, predicted that Blinken would “make a superb Secretary of State.” … [Read more...] about The Memo: Tension builds around key Biden nominees
3:25 p.m. Trump signals he is ready to concede: In a series of tweets on Monday, outgoing President Trump thanked Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration who is in charge of signing off on the transition to the Biden administration, signaling that he was ready to concede he lost the election. “I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused — and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!” Trump tweeted. “Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.” … [Read more...] about 2020 Election Live Updates: Electoral College cements Biden’s win as nation’s 46th president
McConnell and his Republican caucus want to “reasonably cooperate on the national security nominations,” said Hazen Marshall, a former McConnell policy aide. “His view has traditionally been that presidents deserve their staff, unless their staff are crazy or criminals." But GOP senators are sure to drag their feet on less urgent Cabinet posts given the experience under Trump, when even former Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., had to endure delays. … [Read more...] about Fate of Biden agenda rests with Schumer in 50-50 Senate