Republicans Change Confirmation Rules To Overcome Democrat Boycott

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In an unexpected move on Tuesday, Senate Democrats announced they would boycott the votes of Steven Mnuchin and Tim Price, effectively blocking the confirmation process which requires the presence of at least one Democrat. However, on Wednesday, Senate Republicans found a loophole to push through Trump’s two Cabinet nominees Wednesday, by upending standard committee rules to circumvent a Democratic boycott.

As Bloomberg reports, the Senate Finance Committee - with only Republican members present - advanced Steven Mnuchin to head the Treasury Department, and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of Health and Human Services. They did so when the Republicans gathered in the hearing room and unanimously agreed to change the committee’s standing rules, which normally require at least one member of each party to be in attendance for committee work to proceed.

“It’s just another way of roughing up the president’s nominees,” said committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). “They have been treated fairly. We have not been treated fairly.”

Republicans made the unusual move after Democrats refused to attend a vote on the nominees for two days running, arguing the pair had made misleading statements to lawmakers that needed to be rectified. The nominees now head to the Senate floor, as partisan tensions over filling out Trump’s White House continued to intensify.

The reason for the Democrat boycott is that allegedly questions continue to swirl for weeks around Price’s investment activity, including whether his political actions benefitted his personal portfolio. “Both nominees have yet to answer important questions that impact the American people,” committee Democrats wrote in a letter sent to Hatch Wednesday. 

“Further, we have significant concern that both Mr. Mnuchin and Mr. Price gave inaccurate and misleading testimony and responses to questions to the Committee. These cabinet nominees should answer basic questions that the American people deserve answers to before moving forward.”

Hatch was dismissive of that argument Wednesday. “Oh, come on. Come on,” he said. “They don’t have one argument that’s worthwhile. Not one. And if they had, they should have shown up."

Ultimately, The Senate Finance Committee moved to report both of President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Senate floor on 14-0 votes, with only Republicans participating, after voting to suspend the panel’s rules.  “I don’t care what they do, but the parliamentarian said this is a proper decision.” Hatch told reporters after the votes.

The latest Democratic blockade was the latest example of the party’s efforts to slow the consideration of Trump’s nominees to a crawl, as the party and its base hardens in opposition to the new president; however, for now it appears to have its work cut out. That said, with animosity between the two parties already at nosebleed levels, it is unlikely that any laws demanding a bipartisan effort - such as the replacement of Obamacare - will be implemented.

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Looney's picture


Chuck Schumer (weeping on the Senate Floor): I feel like Amy Schumer trapped in a man’s body.  ;-)


BabaLooey's picture

Chuck Schumer would not know hard work if it came up and slapped his cheaters off his beak.

CheapBastard's picture

It's rumored Chuck Schumer has ties to terror groups ... like the DNC.

angry_dad's picture
angry_dad (not verified) CheapBastard Feb 1, 2017 10:34 AM

shumer is a 100% loyal supporter to the wall street terrorists

over the years they have arranged the murders of millions of innocent civilians, deported millions more, and bankrupted entire countries

for that they get re eleceted and earn bonuses

we need some medevil sharia law to end this curse 

spastic_colon's picture

"...........And if they had, they should have shown up."


Correct Sen. Hatch.............although I'm still not a fan of making rules up just to fit a proposition from any party.

Manthong's picture


“Hoisted on their own nuclear petard”.

First the “Biden Rule” and now this

Manthong's picture

My understanding is that the “nuclear option” refers to a rule change to override a filibuster on the floor and confirm with a simple majority, but the Democrats set the stage for rule changes and finally forced the Republicans to grow a pair.

At this point, the Democrats might as well watch the confirmations from the Capitol Lounge with a double.


Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Speaking of White cuck Biden...

I'm fine with expelling all democrat representation from Congress.

You're either against the democrats being sworn enemies of the White race or for it. There is no "middle" ground. There's only White men proud of their heritage on one side and non-Whites/White cucks on the other.

brianshell's picture

Biden knows the Judahs and Afrikaaners learned to rule from behind the curtain, so he feels caucasians can too.

Bay of Pigs's picture

We wont see any bipartisan agreements on anything going foward.

Libtards, Snowflakes and Democratic heads exploding for months and years on end is what we'll be seeing. Priceless.

greenskeeper carl's picture

BoP I agree, that is a thing of the past. That's why I voted for trump. I'm sick and tired of compromising with these people. Every single 'compromise' results in us losing more of our rights. They won't be happy until the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 10th are dead letters. Once you accept that this is their goal, further compromise becomes useless. There is no 'reasonable' concession or compromise that will make them act like normal, civilized people again, so there is no point in even trying to. Fuck them. I hope this keeps getting worse, since they will keep getting nuttier.

Tactical Joke's picture

Though I agree with many of your points, the Red Team has been just as eager to kill the 1st, 4th, and 10th, and only somewhat defend the 2nd due to constituent pressure. The Red Team is only *slightly* better than the Blue Team when it comes to respecting the Bill of Rights.

Manthong's picture

The great thing about things now is that “reaching across the aisle” going forward implies Republican usage of a Parliamentary baseball bat.

Meat Hammer's picture

BOP, "Backing up the truck" used to only mean that Au was on sale and it was time to grow the stack.  Now the truck is for popcorn inventory replenishment.

It's going to be a fun 4 years.

Keep your arms and hands inside the car!

steelhead23's picture

How can a committee rule that no business occur absent a quorum and at least one Democrat in attendance be changed absent a Dem in the room?  This decision, made by the Senate parliamentarian deserves explanation.  I cannot imagine the Dems thought this was possible.  I understand that this action is widely favored here, but it seems a bit hinky to me - an unelected parliamentarian just made a momentous decision.

Tactical Joke's picture

Maybe, but doesn't the nominee deserve an up/down vote? If he or she doesn't approve of the nominee, then he or she can vote against the nominee. I will also add that I find commitees being able to block action on nominees or legislation to be complete horseshit and I think voice votes should be banned. We pay those criminals to vote, not perform theatrical shenanigans to try to get 15 minutes on the idiot box.

It's a really tough call, the Blue Team is throwing a temper tantrum, and the Red Team is laying the groundwork for even more Senate fuckery. Either way, the people lose.

SilverRhino's picture

I'm just waiting for them to do the same thing to the Supreme Court nominations and watch them utterly blow a gasket 

Manthong's picture

The same tactic should work every time and it seems that the Democrats have taken themselves out of the game entirely (just like CNN).

I am just anxiously waiting for the wailing and gnashing of teeth, the screams of anguish and howls of distress from our friends on the left.


ChemtrailPilot's picture

Fair enough, but Trump has finally taught the GOP that this is not a children's game and they owe it to their voters to WIN. When the Dems are in power they use every dirty trick imaginable to override decorum and tradition and get their way (Exhibit A: Obamacare). It's past time the GOP gave them a taste of their own medicine, and under Trump it looks like they're learning to do just that.

Not only that, but it's smart politics. People want a government that delivers the goods and gets things done, not one that continually moans about how bureaucratic hurdles are tying their hands. This new, active President and Congress are pushing their agenda HARD, and even Trump's enemies are taking notice of how high energy he is. Compare that to Obama's repeated promise to close Gitmo.

Bottom line: if Trump and the GOP keep going like this, then the Dems are gonna get SPANKED in 2018

knukles's picture

They just wanna bitch piss and moan to make their believers think they still believe themselves.
Not like the undecided's gonna be swamping their country registrar to enroll Democrat.

CheapBastard's picture

I hope they get Sessons in there soon so he can start cleaning up that cesspool at the doj.

SoDamnMad's picture

The Democrats did very little when the Epipen scandal came up that prices had soared 500 hundred percent on a patent the US actually developed for soldiers to counter nerve gas, and Mylan's Medicaid fraud and collusion with state education boards.  Had Trump been in office he would have chased Mylan's CEO around the invegation floor with a pen which he would have said he would jab her with if the prices didn't get cut in half. Blumenthal of CT finally was the first Democrat who demanded action.  So the Dems hold up Steve Price's nomination because of a purchuse of an Australian biotech. Must be Pelosi wanted to buy a couple hundred thousand shares before it's price skyrocketed.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) CheapBastard Feb 1, 2017 10:44 AM

That's great!  The government should declare the DNC as a terrorist organization and put them on the terrorist list.


swmnguy's picture

I agree.  Using criminal charges against one's political opponents is one of the sure signs of imminent Imperial collapse, and the sooner this Empire crashes, the better, and the sooner we can rebuild a decent society.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"It's rumored Chuck Schumer has ties to terror groups ...Like the DNC..."

Yes, the Podesta Brothers & David Brock, in particular...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

People need to look up the meaning of the Low/Mid German word "Schumer" on Wiki.

Some kind of "good-for-nothing" lowlife or "vagabond", as I recall.

"If the name fits..."

angry_dad's picture
angry_dad (not verified) Looney Feb 1, 2017 10:32 AM

he needs to go for a long cry in the ladies room with pelosi.

Just Another Vietnam Vet's picture

And when they they both come out of the ladies room, they should

both retire and get out of politics.

People, excuse the vernacular, like peelosee and shoemur have led the US into

endless war, endless debt, and endless illegal immigration.


Time for them to exit with harry.


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Cateful, those reptilian tears are a Bio-Hazard.

Don't let them touch you, or you'll get infected.

New Survivalist's picture

You mean Carl the Cuck Shumer.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

When you run out of viable ideas and proposals, you revert to blatant obstructionism. It seems the dems have done precisely that.

cheech_wizard's picture

They, being the Democrats, always have been the Party of NO. It just tends to get glossed over when you have the press on your side 24/7.


ParkAveFlasher's picture

Liz Warren throws herself bodily lengthwise before the procession.  The procession calmly steps over her and continues on.

Kina's picture

I look forward to Warren trying to contests the next presidential election as that may mean Conway as Trump's VP pick, and Conway -v- Warren is bad news for Warren.  Effectively negates her novelty.

bamawatson's picture

warren will be an irrelevant spec in the political mist 

an empty soul-less vessel

Deathrips's picture

Warrens career is over....shes off the cliff..all thats missing is the splat.





Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Parasites cannot advance their goals without a host.  The Dim view focuses entirely on CONTROL thru regulating, taxing, redistributing, and 'equalizing'.

MFL5591's picture

As a follow up the house needs to cut off funding to New York and California until they vote Schumer, Belosio, Fienstein and Pelosi out of office.  You cannot have a viable democracy with such behavior!


What happens when we get a democratic in the White house, the republicans one up this and we have chaos?  FU to this group, they are servants of the people!

Deathrips's picture

I take offence to cutting off funding to californians.
I am a san diegan. I been telling these dumbfucks for 20 + years the reality of the tantrum. It makes things worse and is unpleasant to watch. If anything I would appreciate some kind of thanks from my fellow americans that dont live in the dem belly of the beast as I have been taking one for the team for a long time.Im not entitles to anything, thanks would be nice. Ahh to dream.

Oh on say cut off californias govt funding....why fuck yes...thats a great start.





JackMeOff's picture

Why do the Dems remind me that kid who takes away his football and goes home after being hit too hard and the rest are standing around...

ParkAveFlasher's picture

...and then one says, I brought another ball, and the game goes on.

Meat Hammer's picture

(Lying on the floor kicking and screaming)





Sound about right?  That's all they've got now.


jus_lite_reading's picture

The Demonrats (Dirty Harry Reid) did this to themselves with their "Nuclear option" which was based on Hillary winning with 330 electoral votes with a 99.99% chance of winning.

Oh the sweet irony!

CheapBastard's picture

So early in the morning, too!

With a full day of winning ahead of us.

souljaboy's picture

They didn't change the rules.