Joe Biden, the US elected president, has made an appointment in his cabinet that can make it difficult for him. He has chosen Neera Tandon of Indian origin for budget management. But this has provoked the Republican Party as well as the progressive faction of the Democratic Party. In the US, it is mandatory that every appointed member of the cabinet approves the Senate, the upper house of Parliament. At the moment, the Democratic Party does not have a majority in the Senate. His hopes are set on a January 2 re-election to two Senate seats in the state of Georgia. If the Democratic Party wins both these seats, it will have a majority in the Senate. Otherwise, it will not be easy for Joe Biden to rule. The first difficulty before Biden would be to get the approval of Neera Tandon and possibly a few more appointed ministers. Republican senators had previously said that the elected president should consult them before appointing ministers. Now they are saying that since Biden did not do so, he will approve the ministers on merit.
The Progressive camp of the Democratic Party has been demanding that the elected president induct some progressive leaders into the government. But the appointments Biden has made so far have disappointed this camp. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the star leader of this faction, has said that the President should appoint people who work in the interest of working families. Only then will the Democratic Party win the support of this section. Cortez said the party’s prospects in the parliamentary election of 2022 would be clouded if important positions are given to leaders with an economy in government spending.
The progressive camp has a special objection to the appointment of Neera Tandon. Tandon heads the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress. She has been a supporter of neo-liberal economic policies. He repeatedly criticized Socialist leader Bernie Sanders during the process of electing a presidential candidate in the Democratic Party. The Progressive camp considers Sanders to be its inspirational man. Progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren, though not related to the Sanders camp, said on Wednesday that the elected president should include some strong progressive image leaders in his administration.
Tandon has been very active on Twitter. Through this medium, she has also been attacking Republican leaders. Republican leaders are also upset with this. That is why it is feared that these two camps may succeed in stopping their approval in the Senate. Republican Senator John Thune has said that as opposed to the name of Neera Tandon, she should take Biden as a warning. Now they should appoint only such leaders, who are possible to get approval from the Senate.
Senator Chuck Gresley has said that Biden should appoint leaders who can get the support of both parties. Only then will his appointments not be the same as Donald Trump’s first appointment as Attorney General. Trump appointed Jeff Cessons as his Attorney General, but the Senate did not stamp his name.
The American tradition is that some appointments of the new president are approved by the Senate on the very first day of his assuming office. But there have also been instances of rejection of names in the House that have objections. Republican leaders have said that if they remain in majority after the election in Georgia, they will appoint every appointment on merit. That is, on the very first day, they approve many names, it is not possible.
There has been a lot of bitterness between the two parties due to President Trump not giving up till now. That is why this warning from Republican leaders is being taken seriously. And if the Progressive camp of the Democratic Party also remained angry, Biden’s problems would increase.