Sen. Grassley Signals GOP Plan to Block Quick Cabinet Assembly

Sen. Grassley Signals GOP Plan to Block Quick Cabinet Assembly chuck grassley speaks at hearing Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) (Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images)

By Marisa Herman | Thursday, 17 December 2020 11:21 AM

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley hinted Thursday that he and other Senate Republicans will ignore Joe Biden’s request for them to confirm his Cabinet picks quickly, the Independent reports.

“Democrats are always lecturing Republican senators about approving future Biden Cabinet nominees even if we don't agree with them. Now, that's pretty darn rich,” the Iowa lawmaker said in a speech on the Senate floor.

He noted that the Senate Democrat minority in 2017 blocked President Donald Trump from assembling his Cabinet quickly after his inauguration. According to the outlet, Democrats blocked fast-track voice votes and only allowed Republicans to have roll call votes on two nominees.

“I don't want retaliation for its own sake, but the threat of holding Democrat senators to their own standards has been our only means of deterrence of obstruction. I want to hear from Democrats why we should not now adopt their standards and vote down nominees based on politics,” he said.

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