Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will vote against one of President Joe Biden’s more controversial cabinet nominees, Vanita Gupta, who is up for confirmation to serve as Associate Attorney General. The GOP leader said that Gupta is "outside the mainstream," for a high-level post in the administration.
McConnell from Senate floor "strongly" opposing Vanita's Gupta Associate Attorney General nomination: "The nominee we're considering this week is way outside the mainstream." pic.twitter.com/f8tirIoN7L— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) April 21, 2021
Gupta has a troubling history of pushing hyperpartisan rhetoric, as well as an embrace of far-left policies including “defunding the police.” Republican senators took note of these views during her confirmation hearings.
After a procedural hurdle set for Wednesday afternoon, Gupta is set to receive a full Senate vote.
The Senate will vote to confirm Vanita Gupta to be Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice today.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 21, 2021
Senate is holding a procedural vote on Vanita Gupta for associate AG this morning.— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 21, 2021
If she advances, a final vote is today.
Dems are now benefiting from McConnell using the nuclear option in 2019 to cut debate time from 30 hours to 2 hrs for sub-Cabinet noms and district judges.