Dems fight to keep Biden from holding vote on Biden nomination

Democrats in Congress are weighing whether to block Vice President Joe Biden from voting on his pick for attorney general, as he has for years.

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Vice President Joe Pence will not have a vote on Sen. Ben Cardin’s nomination to be the next attorney general on the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Associated Press reported.

The panel voted 10-4 Tuesday to approve Biden’s nomination, which would take his seat in the Senate.

But Democrats are pushing to block Biden from being a part of the vote, with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) asking the panel to delay the vote until Biden’s confirmation hearing is scheduled next week.

The committee voted 10 to 4 in favor of allowing Biden to speak before the committee in a closed session.

The Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a public hearing next week on the confirmation of Biden’s replacement, Rep. Patrick Murphy (R-Fla.), to be attorney general.