‘Groundhog Day’ Report Calls Out Biden’s Recycling of Obama Personnel

According to a new report by Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), President Joe Biden has not only recycled personnel from Obama’s administration but also from Clinton’s administrations in some cases.

Braun’s report, released Wednesday and titled “Joe Biden Groundhog Day: How the Swamp Keeps Coming Back Again and Again,” characterizes 19 individuals as “bureaucrats who keep popping up over and over again in D.C.”

John Kerry, Jake Sherman, Susan Rice, and Ron Klain are some of the most prominent officials in the Biden government who worked in the Obama administration.

Of the 19 flagged by Braun’s report, Biden was able to appoint five top White House jobs without Senate confirmation. 

“I know from experience: Your operation is only as good as the people you hire,” Braun said in a written statementHis report includes: 

That’s why we shouldn’t be surprised by the poor product we get out of Washington. They keep hiring the exact same people and expecting different results. This cycle of incompetence in the federal government has made us all into Bill Murray in the movie ‘Groundhog Day,’ forced to relive the same day over and over. Americans deserve a government that has done something in real life, not the same cycle as failed policies and unqualified bureaucrats.

“President Biden is not only recycling bad ideas, he’s recycling bad people,” said Mike Howell, senior adviser for government relations at The Heritage Foundation, the parent organization of The Daily Signal.  

The “Groundhog Day” report from Braun’s office on recycled officials says: 

This report highlights officials nominated or serving in the Biden administration that the country will likely be all too familiar with—individuals that Americans have seen for years, and who are continuing to advocate for policies proven to fail in the past. This report also features individuals who were placed in positions of influence or power by President Biden, but who many believe would not be able to navigate the Senate confirmation process. 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in two previous Democratic administrations: He was Obama’s deputy national security adviser and, in the Clinton administration, a senior director for strategic planning. 

Avril Haines, Biden’s director of national intelligence, worked in the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone strike program.

Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary, was the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was the entire Obama administration.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan was a deputy assistant to Obama and also national security adviser to Biden when he was Obama’s vice president. 

Rice, director of the Domestic Policy Council under Biden, made a comeback after serving first as Obama’s United Nations ambassador and later as his national security adviser. Rice’s chance to become secretary of state was thwarted after she said on the Sunday talk shows that the 2011 terrorist attack on U.S. facilities n Benghazi, Libya, erupted from a “spontaneous protest.” 

Klain, now White House chief of staff, was Biden’s chief of staff as vice president. Obama tapped Klain in 2014 to be his administration’s Ebola response coordinator. 

Kerry, Obama’s second secretary of state, now serves as Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate. The former senator of Massachusetts led the United States in the multilateral Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Agreement for climate change. 

During the Obama administration, Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general, served the same role.  

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