Biden still working with incomplete cabinet

President Joe Biden has been in office for the past month and he is still missing over half of his cabinet ( So far Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen, Secretary of Defense Retired General Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines have all been confirmed. Nominated Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and nominated Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra will face Senate hearings and a vote on Tuesday. There are still several other positions that have yet to be confirmed.

Part of the reason this process has taken so long is because of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The Senate has also taken some time to sort out committee assignments and the transition of leadership, in part because of the run-off elections in Georgia. Now that these have been handled the Biden Administration wants to move forward. One White House aide said, "Impeachment is behind us and these are nominees that need to be in place. From a health secretary amidst a pandemic to a host of others that are needed to help our country recover and help our country function." The Democrats have the numbers in the Senate to push through these nominees, they just need the time.

Several major pieces of legislation and campaign promises cannot be completed without their respective secretaries or directors to implement them. This includes returning students to in person schooling, forgiving student loan debt, and improving measures to help combat the continuing pandemic. Once the rest of his cabinet nominees are confirmed will President Biden fulfill his goals, especially considering the Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress?

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