Washington (AP) – Contrary to the personnel decisions of future US President Joe Biden, the first headwind from the republican camp is signaled.
After the liberal Neera Tanden was nominated as the leading head of the housekeeping office in the White House, several senators expressed their disapproval. It’s still unclear whether Biden should get Republican senatorial approval for his government candidates – who gets a majority in the Congressional chamber won’t be decided until two second elections in the state of Georgia on Jan. 5.
Among other things, the Republicans claimed that the 50-year-old Tanden had attacked them in tweets. Democratic minority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, accused them of “amazing hypocrisy” in view of incumbent President Donald Trump’s conduct on Twitter. Tanden would have to go through Senate hearings in both the Budget Committee and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. She argued on Twitter not only with Republicans, but also with the left wing of the Democratic Party around Senator Bernie Sanders. After working in the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations, she most recently headed the Center for American Progress think tank.
Tanden is part of the business team with which Biden wants to tackle the consequences of the corona pandemic and shape his own economic policy. As a key figure, he chose former Fed chief Janet Yellen. The 74-year-old is said to be the first woman to take over leadership of the US Treasury. It should therefore also play a central role in the negotiations with China following Trump’s criminal tariff policy. Biden wants to introduce his intended economic team on Tuesday.
Yellen should also be ratified as a minister by the United States Senate. Republicans recently held a majority of 53 of the 100 seats in the Senate. According to the results of the November 3 election, they have so far 50 seats and the Democrats 48. If both Democratic challengers succeed in replacing the Republican senators from Georgia, the Democrats will de facto get a narrow majority. Because elected Vice President Kamala Harris can intervene in a 50 to 50 stalemate.
Yellen headed the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018. When her tenure came to an end, President Donald Trump did not nominate her again, but instead chose Jerome Powell, who currently heads the central bank.
After taking office on January 20, Biden faces the major challenge of getting the US economy through the corona crisis, which is only escalating again. Yellen is believed to be a supporter of the theories of economist John Maynard Keynes, according to which governments play an important role in overcoming economic crises.
Before the election, Republicans and Democrats had failed to agree on a second stimulus package for the US economy – that would be a different task for Yellen. Following her nomination, she wrote on Twitter on Monday that “the American dream must be restored – a society where everyone can fulfill their potential and dream of more for their children.”
Biden (78) was declared the winner by the American media after the election. He will be sworn in as the new president on January 20. Incumbent President Trump, 74, continues to refuse to acknowledge Biden’s victory. He has been talking about “massive electoral fraud” for weeks, but has not provided reliable evidence. US courts have already dismissed numerous lawsuits to challenge the election results and its Republican allies.
Trump suffered further setbacks in attempts to reverse the election results on Monday. After Georgia and Pennsylvania, the results in Arizona and Wisconsin have now been officially confirmed with Biden’s victory. Trump then followed Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey on Twitter. After the results were certified in Georgia, he already made derogatory comments about his fellow party member, Governor Brian Kemp.