February 18, 2021

The Biden backlog

Nearly a month into President Biden’s presidency, just seven of Biden’s 23 Cabinet picks have been confirmed by the Senate — the lowest number of any president in decades. President Donald Trump had twice the number of Cabinet picks confirmed (14) by this point, Obama had 15 and President George W. Bush had 17 — all of them except for his head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The transition team moved quickly on before Biden took office, formally submitting 37 nominees to the Senate on Inauguration Day, according to the Partnership for Public Service.

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