Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) said, “Some of the nomination votes … are going to be low today because we have 12 absentees and so we have to be motivated to reconsider and revive them.” “When we are negotiating other things, we are trying to get some confirmation.”
Most Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Voted against the nominees, a move Whenever he wants to bring her back to the floor.
The Senate called for an unusual weekend session on Saturday, as Democratic and Republican leaders attempted to reach a final settlement on a coronovirus relief package before government funding ran out on Sunday.
Apart from the 12 Senate Republicans who remained absent, Vice-President Kamala Harris (D-California) also did not attend Saturday’s session.
The Senate’s inability to move forward on the Johnson nomination, even if temporary, was a victory for the Commerce Committee’s top Democrat Sen. Maria Kentwell (D-Wash.), Who urged senators to vote against him.
“If we have an IG who does not understand communication policy, has no experience in communication policy, never had any role in it, I would say we would not fulfill the mission of Oversight or ultimately the mission in the FCC,” Cantwell said. “We need an IG we can trust. That’s why I ask my colleagues to discontinue this nomination.”
Wicker, who was doing commerce, protested that Johnson received a “unanimous bipartisan vote” from the committee, but the Senate said it “was a victim this afternoon of some absentees.”
The Senate was able to confirm a Federal Claims Court nominee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. During the lame duck session, Senate Republicans have focused on continuing to confirm the candidates who beat Trump.