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Friday, April 27, 2018
How to counter Democratic obstruction of Trump nominees
article appeared in Powerline on April 26th
By Paul Mirengoff
Senate Democrats are
holding up President Trump’s nominees to
a degree never witnessed before in my lifetime, and probably not in all of
American history. In the first two years of the last six presidencies combined,
going all the way back to President Carter, the Senate subjected nominees to a
total of only 24 cloture votes. So far, less than half way through President
Trump’s second year, there have been 90 cloture votes.
It’s not just the high-profile nominations. Scores of unobjectionable
choices for all kinds of posts have languished on the Senate calendar.
It took months and months – and several deadly accidents – to persuade
Senate Democrats to stop obstructing a fully-qualified nominee to lead the
Federal Railroad Administration. Or take the example of district court judges.
With only one exception, we’ve had to file cloture on every single district
court nominee. It doesn’t matter if every Democrat on the Judiciary Committee
supports the nominee. It doesn’t matter if every Democrat in the whole Senate
supports the nominee. No matter what, our colleagues across the aisle are
insisting on obstruction — for no reason.
No reason other than the
Democrats’ desire to prevent the Trump administration from governing.
What is to be done?
Sen. James Lankford
has presented a resolution that would cut post-cloture debate for most
executive branch nominees from 30 hours to just eight. It
passed the Senate Rules and Administration Committee on a 10-9 straight
party line vote.
seems destined to fail in the Senate. Sen. Susan Collins says she opposes the
Lankford measure. With Sen. John McCain absent (and who knows how he would vote
if present), the resolution almost surely will fall short of majority support.
But never fear, Amy
Klobuchar is on the case. She is working with Sen. Roy Blunt to find a
bipartisan solution to the gridlock. Says
Klobuchar, “It’s a big job, but I think we’re up for it.”
Mitch is NEVER confused with John Wayne
In the unlikely event
that Klobuchar ever tires of politics, she should turn to stand-up comedy.
The real solution is
for Majority Leader McConnell to start making the Senate work a full week,
including weekends. If Susan Collins and the Democrats want 30 hours of debate
for district court judges and sub-cabinet nominees, then make the time for it.
Don’t let Senators work only three days. Don’t let vulnerable Democratic
Senators go home to campaign.
threatened to keep the Senate in session a few weeks ago, the Democrats caved
and six nominees were confirmed. But the Majority Leader has not repeated this
tactic. Thus, confirmation continues at a snail’s pace.
It’s fine for
McConnell to rail against Democratic obstruction, but unless he takes measures
to combat it that are within his power, he will become a part of the problem.