The Senate has scheduled a procedural vote to break the filibuster of President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the Senate Gallery.
This should set up a final confirmation vote next week on Monday or Tuesday, but that is not scheduled yet.
About the filibuster: The use of the filibuster — to stall nominations or legislation — has long been a favored tool of the minority party, something Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer did often when trying to derail and delay the Republican agenda under then-President Trump. In recent days, continued use of the filibuster on legislation became a central sticking point over a resolution that would allow the 50-50 Senate to officially organize, but the stall tactic is unlikely to be gutted further in this Congress because of resistance from some moderate Democrats.
Republicans' planned objections to Biden's nominee to lead the Homeland Security Department means Schumer would have to take procedural steps to overcome a filibuster on Mayorkas. The Senate Democratic leader would need 51 votes in the Senate to overcome the filibuster.