-- by Arlette Saenz, CNN:
President-elect Joe Biden has assembled a team that will lead the confirmation battles for his nominees in the Senate.
The team's formation comes as the former vice president prepares to build out his Cabinet in the coming weeks. The confirmation process could mark the Biden team's first political showdowns in the Senate, including with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell if Republicans hold onto their majority in the January 5 Georgia runoffs.
Confirmations teams typically guide nominees through the process, including preparing for hearings, navigating meetings with senators, and handling incoming pressure from outside groups. The Biden team is also preparing a possible public relations blitz to "introduce nominees to the American people," a transition official said, including the possibility of having Cabinet nominees speak publicly before their confirmation hearings take place.