Duckworth’s promised opposition — which she mentioned wouldn’t embody “diversity nominees” like these backed by the Congressional Asian Pacific American, Hispanic, or Black Caucuses — comes as Asian American lawmakers and advocates have expressed frustration about their lack of representation in Biden’s Cabinet. Members of the Hill’s Asian Pacific American Caucus had pushed for nominees like Vivek Murthy and Julie Su to be appointed as Cabinet secretaries, however Murthy ended up nominated as Surgeon General and Su because the deputy labor secretary.
Although none of Biden’s Cabinet secretaries are of Asian American or Pacific Islander descent, U.S. commerce consultant Katherine Tai is of Chinese American descent and technically occupies a Cabinet-level place. Asian American Neera Tanden’s nomination to develop into Biden’s funds chief fell aside after opposition from Republican senators and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
Most Biden nominees set for Senate consideration this week are of various backgrounds, together with assistant well being and human providers secretary Rachel Levine, deputy treasury secretary Adewale Adeyemo, and deputy funds director Shalanda Young. Duckworth’s declaration may very well be examined as soon as, through the vote on deputy secretary David Turk, however Turk’s affirmation will not be anticipated to falter given his stage of GOP help.
One beleaguered Biden Pentagon nominee, Colin Kahl, may see his fortunes affected by Duckworth’s promised blockade if it persists. The Senate Armed Services Committee has but to advance Kahl’s nomination.
Asked what appointments the Biden administration may contemplate an Asian American nominee for, Duckworth recommended the FCC, the Office of Management and Budget or a future Cabinet secretary spot.