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Members of the GOP Senate majority are discussing the possibility of not confirming certain nominations President-elect Joe Biden will make to both his cabinet and the judiciary, according to a new report from Axios.

Senate aides involved in the discussions reportedly say that the top targets will be appointees who were loud critics of Trump or played a key part in impeachment hearings, according to Axios. Some names that were mentioned include Sally Yates, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Susan Rice, Axios reports.

Republicans are also reportedly concerned about lower-profile nominees to judicial positions or solicitor general who could erase conservative gains on deregulation and social policy. GOP staffers are already conducting opposition research and planning hearing questions for some of the more objectionable leaked candidates, Axios is reporting.

Democrats are floating the possibility of nominating a “sacrificial lamb” that they know Republicans will refuse to confirm in hopes that such a move would ease the process for other appointees, Axios reports. However, sources tell Axios that a move like that isn’t one Biden would typically make. Former Senate historian Don Ritchie said to Axios that most Presidents have typically gotten roughly 95% of their nominees approved.

Author: Dylan Housman

Source: Daily Caller: REPORT: GOP Plans To Block Certain Biden Cabinet Picks, Dems May Offer ‘Sacrificial Lamb’

$19 billion of taxpayer money that the United States has spent in Afghanistan since 2002 has been lost to waste, fraud or abuse, according to a new government report released this week.

Congress has appropriated almost $134 billion for use to rebuild Afghanistan since 2002, according to the new report from the Special Inspector General For Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The watchdog analyzed $63 billion of that money and found that $19 billion had been lost to waste, fraud, or abuse.

About 90% of the instances of lost funds were due to government waste, the report says. SIGAR claims to have saved the United States government more than $3 billion due to its investigations and recommendations on spending up to this point. Still, the report concludes that “Endemic corruption, widespread insecurity, and lack of accountability over on-budget assistance continue to make any investments made in Afghanistan vulnerable to waste, fraud, and abuse.”

There were still 8,600 American troops in Afghanistan as of late August, with a plan underway to get that number to 4,000 by election day. The Trump Administration has been working to establish peace in the country with the Taliban, while the nation is still plagued by instability and violence.

Author: Dylan Housman

Source: Daily Caller: $19 Billion Of Taxpayer Money Spent In Afghanistan Lost To Waste, Fraud, Or Abuse, New Report Finds

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