No one in the array of voices Newsweek heard from challenged Lloyd Austin's record but worried if President Donald Trump's choice to seek a waiver for James Mattis set a precedent threatening civilian-military separation.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe said he informed the president that they were moving forward—without Trump's demand to strip legal protections for social media companies. The proposal also includes renaming military bases named after Confederate Army officers.
The commander in chief said that unless Congress abolishes Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which provides social media companies legal protections against third-party content, he would "be forced to unequivocally VETO" the National Defense Authorization Act.
While Democratic and Republican lawmakers indicate they could stomach such a compromise, the far greater hurdles are still House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
As Senate Republicans characterize Neera Tanden as "radioactive" and urge Biden to withdraw her nomination for head of the White House budget office, key GOP lawmakers signal they might not even hold confirmation hearings for her, much less confirm her.
"If Biden winds up winning, yeah, I think so," the Trump confidant said. "I just think it's good for the country, it'd be good for [Trump]."
The top Republican election officials in Georgia are sick and tired of the baseless claims and conspiracies parroted by fellow Republicans, Trump campaign officials and even President Donald Trump himself.
In a letter sent to congressional lawmakers, the technology company urged Congress to establish a group of scientists and private sector resources to use artificial intelligence and other technologies to combat future calamities.
Biden has assembled a desired Cabinet of former Obama officials and career professionals, nominees who the president-elect feels will be able to satisfy the liberal wing of the party while not alienating Senate Republicans.
Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, faced swift calls by progressive groups to step down from her post after praising Chairman Lindsey Graham for how he conducted the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp certified the election results on Friday, which showed Biden besting Trump by more than 12,000 votes following an audit of the state's nearly 5 million ballots that was conducted by hand.
Moderate Democrats wince at the way their leadership handled stimulus negotiations before the election. But there's renewed hope from a bipartisan group of lawmakers that relief may come in the new year.
Former Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Byrne claims he lost his job because he didn't back an attempt by his boss, Robert Wilkie, to discredit a Navy veteran whose sexual assault allegations he felt were a political plot against him.
With a slim majority in the House next year, Congress' most liberal current and incoming lawmakers flexed their newfound power and issued a warning shot to the president-elect.
While Republicans on Capitol Hill are not clambering to the president's side to back the idea, they are far from closing the door on the notion.
Mingling on the Senate floor during a vote, at least five Republicans extended what looked like congratulating remarks to the vice president-elect, despite most GOP lawmakers still siding with President Trump's refusal to concede.
The revelation follows an allegation from Georgia's top election official that the Trump confidant urged him to disqualify legal absentee ballots to favor the president.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said he was stunned after a phone conservation with the South Carolina Republican, in which Raffensperger said Graham pressed him to invalidate legal ballots.
It's time, Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) said, for an "effective transition" from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden.
McSally's concession comes more than a week after the Associated Press projected her Democratic challenger as the winner.
House Republicans so far have a net gain of seven seats, trimming down Democrats' majority from 35 to 21 when the new Congress is sworn into office.
Republicans say that Biden should begin receiving more classified intelligence briefings as if he were president-elect. But they also maintain he is not the winner, pending ongoing litigation from the Trump campaign.
The Senate majority leader quickly shot down Chuck Schumer's and Nancy Pelosi's expectations about passing a large relief package during Congress' lame-duck session.
Few aides and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have shown confidence that more economic relief will be doled out during Trump's final days in office.
Just four Republican senators have acknowledged President Donald Trump's loss and congratulated Joe Biden.
The top Pentagon chief's ouster raised questions as to how Trump will handle his remaining time in office and whether other officials will also be on the chopping block.
"As a Republican, I am disturbed that this is intentionally being mischaracterized to undermine the election process," the Republican city clerk said.
GOP lawmakers are saying the Trump campaign either needs to show evidence of their voter fraud claims in court or accept the results, which appeared on track Friday night to award the presidency to Joe Biden.
Some Republicans proactively pushed back against the president, even as GOP leaders had yet to rebuke their party leader's flurry of falsehoods that baselessly questioned the integrity of the election. Some of them equated Trump's speech to an attempt to undermine democracy.
The nail-biter contest between Republican Senator David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff is likely headed to a runoff election on January 5, buoying Democrats' hope to retake the Senate.