Josh Hawley Maintains Streak of Voting Against Every Joe Biden Cabinet Nominee

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has maintained his streak of voting against every one of Joe Biden's cabinet nominees.

Hawley voted nay on Denis Richard McDonough's nomination to be secretary of veterans affairs on Monday. Hawley was one of seven Republican senators to vote against McDonough, who was confirmed in an 87-7 vote.

The Missouri Republican's vote marks the seventh time he has opposed a Biden nominee, making him the only GOP senator to do so at each juncture.

Others have voted against the majority but have opted to approve on at least one occasion, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)—who voted yea on Lloyd Austin's nomination for secretary of defense.

Mike Lee (R-UT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have voted in the affirmative for two nominees each.

McDonough's was the last confirmation vote on a Biden cabinet pick ahead of former President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial starting on Tuesday, that could hold up the process of voting on the president's other nominees.

Newsweek has contacted Hawley's office for comment on his votes.

Hawley has faced a backlash in recent weeks following his opposition to the Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania, as former President Donald Trump and his allies persisted with their push against the presidential election outcome.

Hawley questioned universal mail-in balloting in Pennsylvania and the constitutionality of this.

Hawley called for an investigation into "election integrity," citing concerns raised mainly by Trump and those who backed him.

Trump regularly spoke against universal mail-in balloting ahead of the election and suggested it would facilitate fraudulent votes in the election.

There has been no evidence of irregularities on a level which could have altered the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, despite the consistent claims of Trump and his supporters.

Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, following a rally in which they voiced their opposition to the election result, as Electoral College votes were to be certified.

Hawley and others who objected to the certification of votes have faced criticism following the violence, which left five people dead.

The senator has been urged to resign while there has also been a push for an ethics investigation into his conduct surrounding January 6.

He has branded such pushes against him as an effort to "punish a political opponent for the entirely lawful representation of their constituents."

Hawley condemned the violence at the Capitol and has rejected accusations his actions or words incited it. He has also claimed to still have "tremendous support" in his home state of Missouri.

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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) asks questions of nominee for Administrator of the Small Business Administration Isabella Casillas Guzman during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on February 3, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Hawley has voted against all of Joe Biden's Cabinet nominees so far. Bill O'Leary/Pool/Getty Images