Senate backlog of Biden nominees frustrates White House
The White House is growing increasingly frustrated over the slow pace of Senate confirmations of President Biden’s nominees.
Key positions in Biden’s administration remain unfilled more than seven months into his presidency, with several vacancies threatening to hamper government operations.
Republicans have moved to block some of the nominees, while others are stalled due to uncertainty about whether they have enough support to get confirmed in the 50-50 Senate.
With senators out of town until mid-September, it will be at least another month before any of the nominees languishing in the Senate can get confirmed and fill their assigned position in the executive branch.
The Senate has confirmed just 144 of the 442 nominees submitted by Biden, according to the Partnership for Public Service, a group that works toward improving government effectiveness. Biden lags behind all three of his predecessors when it comes to the pace of Senate confirmations.