In 1993, 17 of President Clinton’s nominees were confirmed during his first week in office.
In 2001, 11 of President George W. Bush’s nominees were confirmed during his first week in office.
In 2009, President Obama saw seven of his Cabinet nominees appointed on his first day in office. 10 of President Obama’s Cabinet nominees were confirmed by the end of his first week in office…
Yet only two of President Trump’s Cabinet appointees are confirmed almost two weeks after his inauguration.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has argued that the GOP is trying to “rush” the hearings, telling the media earlier this week that “Any attempt by Republicans to have a series of rushed, truncated hearings before Inauguration Day and before the Congress and public have adequate information on all of them is something Democrats will vehemently resist.” However, as demonstrated by the evidence above, it seems more likely that the Democrats are dragging their feet and it’s starting to irk their Republican colleagues.
Senior Republican leader Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who has spent a lifetime in the Senate, was so agitated by the Democrat intransigence that he argued that he’d never seen anything so “pathetic” in all his years in Congress. “I can’t understand why senators, who know we’re going to have these two people go through, can’t support the committee. I’m very disappointed in this kind of crap. … Some of this is because they just don’t like the president. This is the most pathetic thing I’ve seen in my whole time in the United States Senate. I think they ought to stop posturing and acting like idiots.”
Hatch was pushed over the proverbial edge by the latest Democrat attempt to obstruct the Trump administration. Since the liberals don’t have any reason to vote “No” in committee on the nominations of Rep. Tom Price or Steve Mnuchin, they’ve decided to boycott the proceedings. Without Democrats in committee the GOP cannot pass the nominees on to the full Senate, where the GOP could confirm the two men with a simple majority.
The Democrats’ measures to block the Trump administration are already causing problems as Trump was forced to fire the acting Attorney General on Monday (who was appointed by President Obama) because she refused to enforce federal law. If the Senate had already confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Attorney general, the situation would have never become a problem, but it seems that these kinds of issues were what the Democrat Party was hoping for all along. This obvious disdain for our duly elected president is made all the more appalling when we realize that throughout most of our history Cabinet appointees are usually whisked through confirmation in order to ensure that the government can carry out its duties in meeting the needs of the American people. This attack on Trump’s cabinet appointees proves that today’s Democrats care more about politics than the American people.
The Democrats efforts to sink Rep. Tom Price’s nomination is perhaps most disturbing, as Price is a respected member of Congress with impeccable credentials. The Democrats tried their best to scuttle his nomination last week, but the attacks against him were quickly debunked. Former staff member Ellen Carmichael defended Price from these scurrilous attacks just last week.