Senate Democrats governed from a position of resistance throughout former President Donald Trump’s term, making it especially difficult for the president to achieve confirmation of various political appointees.
Now, GOP lawmakers might be returning the gesture in response to President Joe Biden’s appointments.
Biden trails Trump, Obama, and Bush
According to Fox News, he has the worst record among modern-era presidents in terms of Senate-confirmed nominations.
While he lags far behind recent predecessors, it does not appear to be for lack of trying. According to the White House, Biden has actually submitted more nominations for consideration at this point than Trump did at the same point in his term.
Out of 405 nominations sent to the Senate thus far, just 124 have been confirmed. In the State Department, only eight of 88 appointees have been confirmed — and none of his 60-plus ambassadorial nominees are confirmed.
As of the beginning of August, Trump had made 308 nominees, 126 of whom were confirmed. Both Biden and Trump fell behind former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
At the same point in their first terms, Obama had seen 243 of his 430 nominations, while 291 of 448 Bush appointments were confirmed.
Dems point finger at GOP
In an analysis by the Partnership for Public Service in conjunction with the Washington Post, a similar trend could be observed.
Nearly 800 of the 1,200 positions requiring Senate confirmation were tracked for the report, which found only 112 were confirmed and another 188 still under consideration. There were also 23 picks that had yet to be formally nominated and 253 positions had no chosen nominee.
Another 223 positions were being filled by term-limited appointees or holdovers from the Trump administration.
Biden’s 112 confirmations trailed Trump by four despite his decades of service in the Senate. Both presidents fell far behind Bush’s 283 and Obama’s 293.
Senate Republicans — particularly Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who placed a block on dozens of State Department nominees — are being blamed by Democrats for holding up the process. Of course, Cruz might be doing career diplomats a favor, considering one report that showed many State Department officials are quietly grumbling that Biden reversed on his campaign vow by nominating political allies and friends.