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U.S. Senate Democrats' complaints about Cabinet picks are plainly bogus

January 11, 2017 at 6:42 am 15 Fresh Ink

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Granted, no one expected Senate Democrats to embrace President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. But is it too much to expect coherence in their arguments?

The Washington Post reports that Senate Democrats “plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees” and stretch the confirmation process into March, which is an “an unprecedented break with Senate tradition.”

The supposed reason for this obstructionism is that they want “reams of personal financial data” from the Cabinet picks.

Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., suggests many Trump nominees “have made billions off the industries they’d be tasked with regulating.”

“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,” Schumer said in a statement to the Post. “If Republicans think they can quickly jam through a whole slate of nominees without a fair hearing process, they’re sorely mistaken.”

Obviously, confirmation hearings should be thorough, and potential conflicts should be vetted. Here’s the problem for Democrats: There are no obvious financial conflicts, and any implication that most of these nominees have made “billions” is laughable.

The eight Cabinet nominees Democrats plan to slow-play include Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has been nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency. If Pruitt has become fabulously wealthy off the industries he’s about to regulate, he’s done a good job disguising the fact.

Among the other nominees facing Democratic obstruction are Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (attorney general); Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. (Office of Management and Budget), and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. (Department of Health and Human Services).

Notably, members of Congress are already required to file financial disclosure forms. One wonders how this escaped Democrats’ notice.

In the case of Sessions, Schumer apparently wants people to believe Democratic senators know nothing about a man who has served alongside them for two decades. Sessions also served as a prosecutor and state attorney general prior to his Senate service. Does this mean Democrats think there’s a financial conflict if the nation’s top prosecutor previously earned his living … as a prosecutor?

The same question applies to Price, one of the few doctors serving in Congress. Do Democrats truly think the person responsible for oversight of federal health care policy should have no relevant experience in health care? (Admittedly, that would explain much about Democrats’ approach to health care policy in the past eight years.)

The simple fact is that Democrats have no valid objections to any of Trump’s nominees because, if they did, they would have publicized them by now. When Democrats are reduced to demanding financial disclosures from nominees who have already been providing them for years, it’s a good sign Trump has made solid choices for his Cabinet.

This doesn’t mean Democrats will like those nominees, but their objections are based on ideological grounds, not ethical concerns. By pretending otherwise, Senate Democrats aren’t giving the public reason to oppose Trump’s nominees. They’re only making themselves look foolish.


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  1. usafoldsarge
    usafoldsarge January 11, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Schumer said in a statement to the Post. “If Republicans think they can quickly jam through a whole slate of nominees without a fair hearing process, they’re sorely mistaken.” What was that thing that Harry Reid invented???? Something called the “Nuclear Option”, I believe?????? Comon Scumer, grow up and leave the playground!!!!!!!

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    • inluminatuo January 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      It’s a tempest in a teapot. So long as Republicans hold 51 votes, thanks to Harry Reid, we can approve them ALL in a heartbeat. All Schumer and the Democrats want to do is create another American Desert of failure by anyone other themselves who is in power, and poison the well before any success thirsty American citizen can take a drink. Small men indeed, of self-interest and party interest above what is in the best interest of THE PEOPLE. The amazing shrinking party and amazing shrinking mind manipulating media won’t exceed the size of Tom Thumb after 8 years of successful clarity with Trump at the lead, and the Capital Dog sled pulled by well-fed team members and team players who if they are not, will soon be identified by Trump and pay the political price,,,,even people in the Democrat party who now live in Red Led, Trump converted States. Schumer needs to start acting Like Trump’s New York Senator and play on TEAM America, so New York and the rest of the nation can again prosper UNITED. If Schumer can’t read the writing on the wall, Trump needs to Build and send him a Billboard.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Plus didn’t THEY do exactly that, push and ram through all of obama’s picks?? SO WHY the heart ache that trump expects the same…

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  2. chuckyb January 11, 2017 at 11:16 am

    It’s all sour grapes from the Demonrats. They think that because Hildabeast didn’t win Trump should use Demonrat lite RINO’s in his cabinet instead of true conservatives. They would probably be the ones pushing for quick confirmation if it was McLame or Mitchy Mitch.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      And you can bet had hillary won, they would be DEMANDING that the gop bend over and take it, to confirm HER PICKS as fast as humanly possible..

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  3. Ruth Reeves January 11, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Admin – It’s been a long time since I have visited this site. It’s very different. Isn’t there a “good morning” thread with general comments and input from members anymore? Anyhow, I don’t recognize any of the user names so I have no idea if there is anyone on here from back in the day. Which was about 13-14 years ago. Just thought I would stop in and see what’s up these days.

    Oh yeah, Charles Schumah is an idiot and should not be part of the panel of clowns that are involved in the confirmation hearings. My 2 cents.

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  4. ALLEN L. WELLS January 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    It is clear to me that Minority Leader Charles Schumer plans to continue the Democratic Party’s effort of keeping Americans divided mostly on racial grounds. His plans to drag out hearings on Trumps nominees is just a political ploy to delay the incoming administration ability to get off to a good start. Senator Schumer you are a shameless political hack!

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  5. joe23006
    joe23006 January 11, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Having listened, I did not watch because I had more important things to do, the hearing of Senator Sessions, it was obvious that the Democrats were trying to find a GOT’CHA question to no avail. They tried to elicit a personal opinion about the law which could color the AG’s treatment of a case, two notables for this are Holder and Lynch. Wisely he stated that whether he agreed or disagreed with a law it was the law and he would enforce it. Almost everyone of them belabored the point ad nausium and got the same answer. In attempting to make the appointee look foolish or opinionated they only did it to themselves.

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  6. columba January 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    “But is it too much to expect coherence in their [i.e., the Democrats’] arguments?”

    Well, yes, it probably is too much. Democrats don’t care about coherence; they don’t even care about the truth. Remember Harry Reid, when confronted with his lie about Romney’s taxes, chuckling and saying “It worked, didn’t it?” The only thing leftists care about is gaining and keeping power, and destroying anyone who gets in their way.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Too damn right. The truth is a poison to these cretins..

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  7. Srini Varadarajan
    Srini Varadarajan January 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Democruds have been bogus since NLT 1992 — enough said!

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  8. stoney1 January 11, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Schumer, (pronounced Scummer) isn’t qualified to pick Jeff Sessions nose! The man is a joke who believes he is the next Harry Reid. He couldn’t be more anti-American if he tried. He and his Democrat lackeys will do everything they can to disrupt the functioning of the government for the next four years. The Republicans now have a spine, and it’s name is Donald Trump, so they need to use it and squash these guys like the people expected them to do in 2014 when we gave them control of both houses of congress.

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    • baitfish January 12, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Correct stoney. The Trump steamroller is already gathering speed. In his first press conference he named names, and swatted down CNN like an annoying fly. He called out the politicized intelligence organizations. He called out chucky scummer. He even gave notice to pansy graham. He is making it clear that business as usual is coming to an end. The democraps, political establishments in both parties, and our foreign enemies, have no idea what is in store for them. And that is a GOOD thing.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      There are times i would just LOVE to be a flyon the wall, so i can listen in on the discussions in some of these offices once trump’s left the room..

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  9. Col. Jim January 11, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Democrats remind me of small men. Short in stature and always starting a fight to make them look bigger! The numbers are on our side and I think the Democrats have awful short memories. Eight years ago Obama’s cabinet was confirmed by the coronation date in January.

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