Harry Reid eliminated the filibuster for presidential nominees. Thanks Harry!
Senate Democrats have thrown everything they have at Republicans to stall President Trump’s nominees ahead of a bruising Supreme Court confirmation fight, but so far don’t have much to show for it, the Washington Examiner’s Jim Antle wrote.
Not one but two committees voted Thursday to advance the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., for budget director to the Senate floor.
Mulvaney looked beatable. He had failed to pay payroll taxes on a nanny, something that had sunk nominees before. President Bill Clinton withdrew his first two choices for attorney general over a similar issue.
Democrats boycotted committee votes on Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s nominee for secretary of the treasury, and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., the designated secretary of health and human services. Democrats have especially hammered Price, architect of a key GOP Obamacare replacement plan, for conflicts of interest, saying he authored legislation benefiting healthcare companies he has invested in.
But Republicans quickly got around the boycott. They suspended the rules in the Senate Finance Committee requiring at least one Democrat to be present on the second day of the Democratic boycott, and then advanced Mnuchin and Price anyway.