As a end result, the McDonough affirmation may very well be the final affirmation vote for a Biden Cabinet official till after the impeachment trial ends until there may be an settlement by senators, though a number of Republicans have mentioned they might not consent to voting on extra nominees till after the trial.
McDonough, a local of Minnesota who served as chief of employees throughout former President Barack Obama’s second time period, additionally labored as deputy nationwide safety adviser. He developed a detailed relationship with Biden throughout each positions. He is a religious Catholic, a bond he additionally shares with Biden.
The affirmation is the most recent instance of how Biden has turned to a trusted set of advisers to encompass him in his new administration.
Several veterans teams had been hoping Biden would select a veteran of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. McDonough didn’t serve within the navy, however somewhat has lengthy expertise navigating bureaucracies on Capitol Hill and on the White House.
This story and headline have been up to date with extra developments Monday.