Cornyn: Democrats Needlessly Dragging Heels on Nominations


In: All News   Posted 07/18/2017
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‘Democrats in the Senate under the Trump Administration have allowed only 10 percent of his nominees to be voice-voted. We allowed 90 percent for President Obama.’

‘These kind of tactics remind me of the former Majority Leader Harry Reid, whose political schemes cost his party a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority.’

‘So why burn up the time, except out of spite or desire to slow down this Administration or this Congress in terms of getting things done? The American people sorely want leaders at every level of our government.’
 

WASHINGTON – Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) addressed Senate Democrats’ unprecedented obstruction of President Trump’s nominations.  Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here

“They're the first to criticize the President for not getting things done that he said he wants to get done, but when they sabotage his ability to try to populate these important positions in the cabinet and subcabinet positions by dragging their heels on nominations, they are causing a large part of the problem.”

“Democrats in the Senate under the Trump Administration have allowed only 10 percent of his nominees to be voice-voted.”

“We allowed 90 percent for President Obama. We didn't agree with President Obama on a lot of things, but we agreed that he won the election.”

“These kind of tactics remind me of the former Majority Leader Harry Reid, whose political schemes cost his party a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority.”

“Noncontroversial nominees should not require days to get confirmed, or judges for that matter require a 30-hour postcloture vote in order to get confirmed by more than 90 votes. That indicates it's not a controversial vote. So why burn up the time, except out of spite or desire to slow down this Administration or this Congress in terms of getting things done? The American people sorely want leaders at every level of our government.”

“They deserve a Senate that fulfills one of … our most fundamental responsibilities, which is to consider and vote on Presidential nominees.”