Cornyn Urges Democrats Not to Slow-Walk Cabinet Nominations


In: All News   Posted 01/05/2017
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‘Holding up confirmations just for delay's sake is irresponsible, and it's dangerous.’

‘It becomes an even bigger problem when they intentionally try to keep President Trump from doing the job that the voters have given him the responsibility to do.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the Senate floor U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) pressed Senate Democrats not to slow-walk the President-elect’s nominations for purely political reasons. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here

“Soon, Mr. President, we'll be considering and confirming men and women nominated by the President-Elect to fill leadership roles throughout the Administration. This is crucial to ensuring a smooth transition from one President to another, and it's important to making sure the next President has the people and resources he needs to help lead our country.” 

“Holding up confirmations just for delay's sake is irresponsible, and it's dangerous.” 

“When President-Elect Obama was nominated to office, we acted very quickly. In fact, on the day he was inaugurated, January 20, 2009, seven of his cabinet members were confirmed.” 

“We wished a different electoral outcome had occurred. But once the voters had spoken, we accepted their verdict, and we worked cooperatively to see a smooth transition from the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration. I believe it's our duty to do that.” 

“I mentioned the national security nominations that the President-Elect has indicated, and one of those first ones was Senator Sessions. It's really important that people like Senator Sessions, the Attorney General nominee, be put in place on a timely basis for the safety of our communities.” 

“Another nominee that the Senate will consider is the President-Elect's choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Here we are at 15 days before the President-Elect is sworn into the White House, and the Minority Leader is already threatening to deny the voices and the vote of the American people from last November by blocking any nominee indefinitely. Despite months of calling for a full Supreme Court, all nine members, even using the hashtag #WeNeedNine, the Democratic Leader is now threatening indefinite obstruction.” 

“Republicans were clear with the American people. We would respect their voice and who they wanted to pick the next Supreme Court justice, whether it was a Democrat or Republican in the White House, and we would move forward with that nominee in the new Congress.” 

“So I hope our Democratic friends don't slow-walk President-Elect Trump's nominees. It's one thing to obstruct, but it becomes an even bigger problem when they intentionally try to keep President Trump from doing the job that the voters have given him the responsibility to do. The American people have made clear in November that they're done with business as usual here in Washington, D.C.” 

“We ought to fight like cats and dogs when it comes to our basic principles, but there's a lot of things that are outside of the realm of principles where we can find common ground, work together, and build consensus. And I think we ought to take advantage of this historic opportunity to do just that, starting with confirming the President's Cabinet and letting them get to work to help his Administration as soon as possible.”