Biden appears to be pouring cold water with a cabinet joining Warren and Sanders

In an interview broadcast on NBC on Tuesday night, Biden told NBC that there was already “significant representation among progressives in our administration,” but said there was “really nothing on the table.”

“But one thing is very critical: removing someone from the senate, removing someone from the House of Representatives, especially exporting a person with consequences, is a really difficult decision to make,” Biden said. “I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda, and we need really strong leaders in the House and Senate to make it happen.”

Biden said he was open to considering the name of a Republican who voted for President Donald Trump in an administrative place, saying, “I want this country to unite. Our administration aims to unite again. We can’t sustain this heated political This must end. ”

The comments are likely to deter leftists who want to see Biden nominate progressive champions for top roles in the administration.

Sanders recently launched a campaign to be a labor secretary in the Biden cabinet and asked for support from top labor executives, CNN wrote earlier. In an explicit direct remark to CNN Wolf Blitzer earlier this month, the self-nominated Democrat Socialist said he would accept the nomination if offered to him. “If I had a portfolio that would allow me to stand up and fight for working families, would I do it? Yes, I would,” Sanders said.
Warren was a progressive favorite in the Treasury leadership, but CNN reported this week that Biden Janet Yellent, the former president of the Federal Reserve, will be elected secretary of the Treasury. In his tweet on Monday, Warren hailed Yellent as “an outstanding choice for the Treasury Secretary,” in which he described him as “smart, tough and principled” and “the most successful Fed president ever.”

“I can’t wait to work with Secretary Yellen to strengthen our economy to tackle inequality and protect consumers,” Warren wrote in a second tweet.

If Biden rules out elected legislators, it’s not just about names as famous as Warren and Sanders. Michigan MP Andy Levin has been approved by a number of unions as a candidate to lead the Department of Labor, and Ohio MP Marcia Fudge has the support of the next Secretary of Agriculture in a few quarters. Both would see their path to cabinet positions closed by a de facto ban on appointments from the ranks of Congress.

Both Warren and Sanders come from states with a Republican governor, which means that if they left the Senate to join the administration, governors have the right to appoint Republicans to fill their seats until a special election. However, Governor Phil Scott of Vermont has suggested filling the seat with an independent MP who would join the Democrats, as Sanders does.

Republicans are currently controlling the Senate with a shaving difference, but Senate control will be determined by two election elections in Georgia in early January.

Whether Republicans retain control of the Senate may affect who Biden appoints and who is confirmed by a majority vote. Warren and Sanders are the stars of the progressive left and have a hard time winning Republicans or even a few moderate Democratic votes.

Biden has already announced several senior members of the White House and cabinet-level roles while further building his administration. His first announcement that Ron Klain will serve as White House cabinet chief was praised by both the founding Democrats and the party’s progressive members. Warren called Klain an “excellent choice” who “gained confidence in the entire Democratic Party,” New York MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Klain’s election was “good news and an encouraging choice.”
On Tuesday, Biden introduced six key members of his national security and foreign policy team, and each of his nominees and candidates commented on an event in Wilmington, Delaware. He elected Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security, Avril Hains as Director of National Intelligence, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Jake Sullivan as National Security Adviser and John Kerry. Special Envoy for the Climate Action. Blinken, Mayorkas, Haines, and Thomas-Greenfield demand Senate ratification, but Sullivan and Kerry do not.

The president-elect and his transitional team have made progress despite the obstacles introduced by the Trump government. Trump refused to give in to the election, which Biden firmly won, and repeatedly made false allegations about election fraud and widespread voter fraud. But after being nominated as the election winner for weeks, the Biden team was informed Tuesday that the General Services Administration had informed Bident that the Trump administration was ready to begin the formal transition process.

CNN Greg Krieg contributed to the report.