Acting on the declaration of mainstream media outlets that Democratic nominee Joe Biden won the recent presidential election, his party is pressing forward with discussions about which individuals he should choose to serve in his administration.
As reported by Fox News, moderates and progressives within the Democratic Party have been increasingly at odds as the debate continues, with those in the far-left faction insisting a prospective Biden administration reflect their priorities.
“Progressive views need to be expressed”
American voters, however, chose a divided government regardless of the presidential race’s outcome, with the House set to remain under Democratic control and a presumed GOP majority in the Senate.
If Biden becomes president, he could face great difficulty in confirming nominees with radical progressive views — and even more pushback when attempting to champion a far-left legislative agenda through Congress.
One notable progressive reportedly angling for an influential position in a Biden administration is 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.
According to the Associated Press, the Vermont senator has advocated for positions to be available to progressives like himself and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is vying to lead the U.S. Department of Treasury.
“It seems to me pretty clear that progressive views need to be expressed within a Biden administration,” Sanders said.
“That would be very, very unfortunate”
He went on to declare that it would be “enormously insulting if Biden put together a ‘team of rivals'” made up of Democrats and Republicans while ignoring progressives in his own party.
“I think that would be very, very unfortunate,” Sanders concluded.
He is not alone in pressing for more representation of progressive ideals in Biden’s prospective cabinet appointments. The Hill noted that a pair of increasingly influential advocacy groups — Justice Democrats and the climate-focused Sunrise Movement — have issued similar demands of the former vice president.
“President-elect Biden must embrace this historic moment by keeping the party united and appointing progressive leaders who will help him usher in the most progressive Democratic administration in generations,” said Alexandra Rojas, the executive director of Justice Democrats. “Progressives make up close to half the party in Congress and deserve representation in the next administration.”
Sunrise Movement Executive Director Varshini Prakash issued a similar plea: “Democrats have a once-in-a-generation moment to deliver policies at the scale of the crises our generation is facing. The Senate can’t be an excuse; whether or not Mitch McConnell remains the Majority Leader, we need an Office of Climate Mobilization and visionary personnel in the Biden administration who are ready to use every tool in their disposal to create millions of good-paying green jobs.”