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'People can't afford to wait': Biden and allies push for quick confirmations of nominees, citing security threats

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President-elect Joe Biden is on course to lag behind his recent predecessors who had Cabinet nominees confirmed on the day of inauguration, causing concern that Biden's administration could be hampered in its early efforts to face immediate security, health and economic challenges.

(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden is on course to lag behind his recent predecessors who had Cabinet nominees confirmed on the day of inauguration, causing concern that Biden's administration could be hampered in its early efforts to face immediate security, health and economic challenges.

Biden's transition team is beginning a new messaging push to urge Republican senators to swiftly confirm national security nominees -- positions helming the Pentagon and the State, Homeland Security and other key departments -- with Biden set to take office in eight days, a source familiar with the plans told CNN.

"The violent insurrection at the U. S. Capitol on January 6th showed us we need qualified Senate-confirmed people (not in an acting capacity) in key national security positions on Day One, including Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and others.

It's especially the case for the nominees secretary of state, defense, treasury, homeland security," Biden said as he introduced another round of picks for economic posts last week.

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