When President Biden picked Neera Tanden to be budget director at the prodding of his top adviser, Ron Klain, the White House girded for that one big battle — comforted by the likelihood that many other cabinet confirmations would be comparative pillow fights.
That is the way it has turned out. Mr. Biden’s cabinet picks are being confirmed at a steady pace after an initial stall for impeachment, setting aside Ms. Tanden, who has served as something of a lightning rod, allowing other nominees to move along without too much of a fuss, according to two administration officials.
Mr. Biden’s nominee for commerce secretary, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo of Rhode Island, sailed toward approval Tuesday, with the Senate confirming her by a vote of 85 to 15.
The Senate on Monday also easily confirmed Miguel A. Cardona, a career educator who rose through Connecticut’s education system to become a leader in the effort to reopen pandemic-shuttered schools, as the next education secretary.
Thus far, 11 of the 23 cabinet-level nominees that require Senate consent have been confirmed, including three of the four positions regarded historically as the core of the government — Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.
The fourth, attorney general nominee Merrick B. Garland, is en route in the express lane — approved by a bipartisan vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, and headed for near-certain confirmation on the floor.
Most of the rest — a group that includes Marcia L. Fudge, Mr. Biden’s pick to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Cecilia Rouse, the nominee to head the Council of Economic Advisers and Martin J. Walsh, who has been tapped to head the labor department — are also expected to be confirmed.
That is not to say there will not be unexpected problems or that there have not been scrapes, especially with hard-right Republican senators, led by Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, opposing almost every Biden pick.
The Senate Finance Committee is expected to approve Xavier Becerra, Mr. Biden’s choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services, by a mostly party-line vote on Wednesday. Mr. Becerra’s nomination has prompted significant Republican opposition but Democrats are expected to hold the line.
Deb Haaland, the nominee to run the interior department, faced sharp questioning during her hearings about her opposition to resource extraction on federal lands that will contribute to climate change.
But Ms. Haaland — like Mr. Becerra and Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the Department of Homeland Security secretary, who was confirmed by a 56-to-43 vote earlier this month — has retained Democratic support, virtually ensuring her approval.
The same cannot be said for Ms. Tanden, who attacked opponents left and right on Twitter, earning the outright opposition of her party’s most conservative member, Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, and the lukewarm support of the guardian of its left flank, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
So far, the White House is sticking by her. They can afford to, one Democrat close to the Biden team who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe a private conversation, said over the weekend, because the other nominees are faring so well.