Senate Democrats continued playing political games with America’s future today, blocking President Trump’s Treasury Secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin, from going in front of the full Senate for a confirmation vote. The move is yet another stall tactic used by Democrats to hinder the administration’s ability to operate.From The Hill:
Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a committee vote on President Trump’s Treasury secretary nominee as pressure mounts among the minority to oppose the new administration’s Cabinet picks.Democrats blocked a routine procedural step that would have allowed the Senate Finance Committee to vote on whether to recommend Steven Mnuchin be confirmed as Treasury secretary by the full Senate. The committee will vote on Mnuchin’s nomination Tuesday morning, when it will also consider Rep. Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) nomination to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“While not surprising, this is an unfortunate and needless delay that simply means the Committee will reconvene tomorrow morning to vote on the nominee for U.S. Treasury Secretary,” said Julia Lawless, spokeswoman for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
As for the reason the vote was delayed? That’s even worse:Democrats delayed the Mnuchin vote so they could attend a candlelight vigil protesting Trump’s executive order temporarily banning the immigration of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries to the U.S., said Rachel McCleery, spokeswoman for ranking Finance Committee Democrat Ron Wyden (Ore.).
Democrats are putting the interests of the American people aside so they can attend a candlelight vigil to whine about President Trump’s policy of keeping America safe? Makes sense.
The move comes as some Democrats have vowed to filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court pick, without even knowing who the nominee is! Of course, it’s impossible for Democrats to have a logical reason for filibustering a nominee that doesn’t exist yet, but logic doesn’t matter to liberals. Political grandstanding is all that matters to Democrats, not how qualified a cabinet pick or court nominee might be, and certainly not the safety of the American people. Thankfully, it’s not likely the effort will serve any purpose other than to annoy the Trump administration:Even so, Mnuchin made it through his Jan. 19 confirmation hearing with little incident, meaning he’ll likely be confirmed along party lines.
That’s what happens when you actually win elections — while all Democrats can do is resort to stall tactics and political theater. I’d rather control the government.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]