Democrats frustrated by vacancies across government

Ten months after President Biden took office, many key positions across the government lack a permanent occupant.

The White House has spent months battling Republican blockades on Biden’s nominees for various positions. Several of them are candidates for critical ambassadorships that have been held up by GOP senators.

Biden also has been slow to select nominees for some key positions, while others have failed to gain enough support in the 50-50 Senate, where Democrats only have the majority because of Vice President Harris.

The result is an administration that has witnessed a slower confirmation rate than its three predecessors, leaving White House officials and Senate Democrats increasingly frustrated.