Republican Senate signals it will confirm Biden cabinet

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said that he believes a “president ought to be able to pick his or her Cabinet barring someone who is out of the mainstream of either party,” and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) gives “great latitude” to presidents to make appointments. Those two plus Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) give Biden a working majority on Cabinet picks, even if Democrats fall short in a pair of Georgia runoffs and the GOP holds a 52-48 majority.

“He’s our president-elect. All presidents have a right to their Cabinet,” Murkowski said. “Our job, our role is to make sure that he selects folks that are … within the mainstream. And are good, qualified credible candidates. And if he does that, sure, I am going to work with him.”…

As for Biden, pretty much everyone in the Senate acknowledges Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) or Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won’t be confirmed by a GOP Senate. But it’s certainly possible to envision someone like Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) or Doug Jones (D-Ala.) winning confirmation to roles like secretary of State or attorney general.