One of the mysteries of Washington, D.C. politics is why is the GOP Senate doing such a miserable job for President Donald Trump. Republicans have everything that they have asked the electorate to provide them with. They have a Republican President, a Republican House majority, and a Senate majority. Why are the President’s nominations tied up in limbo?
Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer can take some of the credit for the length of time it is taking. His obstructionism has been effective in keeping the President from filling vacancies. What is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell going to do about it?
As Written By Fred Lucas for the Daily Signal:
Fewer than half of President Donald Trump’s executive branch and judicial nominees have been confirmed by the Senate—the lowest number of confirmations in the past four administrations at comparable points in their presidencies.
The dismal numbers—a total of 223 confirmations of 519 nominees—were circulated by the White House amid complaints of unprecedented Democratic obstruction and the Senate’s lax schedule.
|Nominations||Bush 1989||Clinton 1993||Bush 2001||Obama 2009||Trump 2017|
|Received in Senate||463||545||783||581||519|
|Roll Call Votes||20||8||38||28||77|
Source: Congress.gov, via White House
Trump has 175 pending nominees awaiting action from Senate committees and another 101 on the Senate calendar awaiting a confirmation vote, according to the White House.
“Personnel is policy. In delaying the confirmation of President Trump’s appointees, the Senate is directly limiting the president’s effectiveness,” the Conservative Action Project argued in an Oct. 10 letter.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has used delaying tactics, such as the maximum of 30 hours of debate on nominees, to slow down the confirmation process of Trump picks. That glacial pace means as few as two to five nominees are getting roll call votes each week……..
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