“They (Biden’s nominees) aren’t all going to pass on a voice vote, and they aren’t all going to make it, but I will put them on the floor,” McConnell told Republican strategist Scott Jennings for a column in the Louisville Courier-Journal published Monday.

McConnell — who first recognized Biden as president-elect last week even though the 2020 White House race had been called for him since early last month — also promised that he would treat Biden “a hell of a lot better” than Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer “ever treated” President Donald Trump. The majority leader said he enjoyed a “friendship” with the incoming president.

A former senator from Delaware, Biden had been colleagues with McConnell for decades prior to his election as vice president in 2008. “I think the American people expect us to look for areas of agreement in a divided system while setting aside for debate the things we don’t agree on,” McConnell said.