GOP Changes Rules To Push Through Nominees After Democrats Refuse To Show Up
Democrats Refuse To Show Up, So Republicans Change The Rules
On Wednesday Senate Republicans decided to push through two of President Trump’s cabinet nominees after the Democrats refused to even show up. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, said that the Democrats who decided not to show up “are idiots.”
Since not a single Democrat showed up the 14 Republicans that attended decided to move the Mnuchin and Price nominations to the full Senate.
From The Hill:
By unanimous consent, the Republicans gathered in the hearing room agreed to change the committee’s standing rules, which normally require at least one member of each party to be in attendance for committee work to proceed.
“It’s just another way of roughing up the president’s nominees,” said committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). “They have been treated fairly. We have not been treated fairly.”
The Democrats claim that Mnuchin and Price lied in their testimonies and that the nominees should have to provide further information before moving forward. Hatch was quick to jump on these claims from the Democrats.
From The Hill:
Hatch was dismissive of that argument Wednesday.
“Oh, come on. Come on,” he said. “They don’t have one argument that’s worthwhile. Not one. And if they had, they should have shown up.”
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