Schumer calls for Senate to take up Biden nominees before inauguration

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate should hold hearings on President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees before Biden takes the oath of office on Jan. 20.

The New York Democrat called for hearings as soon as a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia determines the winners in two vacant Senate races.

“The Senate should begin immediate consideration of the president-elect’s nominees immediately after the Georgia elections so key Cabinet officials can be confirmed on Jan. 20 and soon thereafter, which is traditional for a new president,” Schumer said.

Schumer pointed out that the Senate held pre-inaugural nomination hearings for both Presidents
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