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Sen. Ted Cruz: Biden Confirmation Hearings Unlikely if Election Lawsuits Are Left Unresolved​

Sen. Ted Cruz: Biden Confirmation Hearings Unlikely if Election Lawsuits Are Left Unresolved​
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By    |   Friday, 11 December 2020 05:06 PM

The U.S. Senate might not begin confirmation hearings for Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees until all election-related lawsuits have been resolved, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said.

''As long as there's litigation ongoing, and the election result is disputed, I do not think you will see the Senate act to confirm any nominee,'' Cruz said in an Axios report on Thursday.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump asked Cruz to argue the lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton if the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the case. The suit alleges four battleground states lost by President Trump unlawfully enacted last-minute changes that skewed election results.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., also sounded like someone not eager to confirm Biden nominees while election-related litigation remains.

''There's still some pretty troubling irregularities that haven't been explained,'' said Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Biden selected retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to be Defense Secretary. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has concerns.

''I don't really care [about the legal aspect],'' said Inhofe, who added he cares more about ''the problems'' with Austin.

Not all Republicans are promising to stall Biden nominees.

''I do believe a president is entitled to the team he wants to put together, unless they're completely off the mark, and so I'll give them a good read,'' Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told Axios.

There are two Senate runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5. If Democrats win both, they would win control of the chamber and be in a position to speed along the confirmation process.

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The U.S. Senate might not begin confirmation hearings for Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees until all election-related lawsuits have been resolved, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said.''As long as there's litigation ongoing, and the election result is disputed, I do not think you will...
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