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To: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris
Biden / Harris: Reject Mitch McConnell’s Handcuffs
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris must appoint strong progressive reformers to their cabinet and reject Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's threat to block their nominees.
Biden should use recess appointments and the powers of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to build a presidential team that is committed to facing and solving America's challenges. These challenges include the pandemic, racial justice, climate change, and ending U.S. alliances with repressive governments like Saudi Arabia's monarchy.
Why is this important?
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have won the 2020 presidential election with more popular votes than any other presidential ticket in U.S. history.
Despite this, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has threatened to block Biden / Harris appointees from being confirmed in the U.S. Senate. Biden and Harris can get around McConnell's threats by using recess appointments and the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to build a strong cabinet that is unafraid of facing America's challenges.
Unfortunately, reports have indicated that the Biden team may be considering a number of conservative appointees, citing Republicans’ current control of the Senate. The Biden transition team must reject McConnell’s antidemocratic threats and fulfill its mandate. The Biden / Harris administration should select a bold, visionary cabinet that can fulfill the trust and will of the millions of people who voted for them.
The Revolving Door Project and Demand Progress have put together a clear memo demonstrating how Biden and Harris can build a cabinet free from McConnell's handcuffs.
America needs a presidential cabinet that has the courage to solve our country's problems -- not a team undermined by Mitch McConnell.