It is good that Schumer is not giving in to this bullshit. It would not be binding if Schumer simply stated “positive, Mitch, no matter,” however it might give the much less resolute members of the Democratic convention—Joe Manchin, Chris Coons, and Dianne Feinstein—an excuse to stray from the bulk. That might make it that a lot tougher for Schumer to nuke the legislative filibuster when he must, and this newest from McConnell tells everybody that he’ll have to—the Republicans will do all the pieces of their energy to impede Biden’s agenda simply as they did President Barack Obama’s. The excellent news, at the very least, is they cannot do it on nominations.
Nevertheless, McConnell has already delayed getting key Cupboard officers confirmed and in place. When he recessed the Senate till this week, it meant that these Cupboard officers could not undergo the committee course of to be prepared on Day One. So proper now the nation’s protection depends upon these performing profession officers within the Pentagon the Biden team could trust. The delay in settlement between Schumer and McConnell on the organizing decision for sharing committee energy might additionally hold extra nominees in limbo as a result of committees will not have the ability to formally course of them till the chairs and their staffs are in place.
Some nominees might transfer ahead with unanimous consent—all 100 senators agreeing to deliver them to the ground. However already insurrectionist Sen. Josh Hawley has introduced that he is objecting to a important nominee, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Biden’s decide for Homeland Safety secretary. That is going to hamper Biden on all the pieces from his immigration reforms to the coronavirus response, forcing procedural delays.
McConnell is giving each indication of dragging this out so long as he can, his monkey wrench in Biden’s first 100-day plan. As a result of that is who he’s, nation in a number of crises however.