It should come as no surprise that the Democrats are scheming ways to block Pompeo from nomination as Secretary of State. It follows a continuous pattern of blocking any nomination or issues that the President puts forth. There are a bunch of Senate Democrats who want Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to risks some procedural moves to stymie or delay confirmation of Mike Pompeo. That would be about the best that they could do before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCollum would lower the boom on them. Here are what the Dems want to do THIS time.
As Written and Reported By Alexander Bolton for The Hill:
The plan under consideration would involve Democrats on the panel refusing to vote to discharge Pompeo, who is currently the director of the CIA, from the committee with even an unfavorable recommendation.
This would force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to offer a motion to bring Pompeo’s nomination to the Senate floor. Democratic senators and aides say that motion would be subject to a filibuster, allowing Democrats to block Pompeo.
The move is politically risky.
It would heighten partisan tensions and play into President Trump’s arguments that Democrats are actively obstructing him. Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s (N.D.) announcement Thursday that she will back Pompeo’s nomination means he almost certainly will have at least 50 votes on the floor.
Any procedural victory for Democrats could also be short-lived.
Republicans say that McConnell could simply trigger the so-called nuclear option, whereby he would rule the Democratic maneuver out of order and ….
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