GOP Just Dismantled Democracy: Voted Cabinet Picks In Without Democrats
Senate Republicans took an unprecedented action on Wednesday in order to get two of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees approved after Democrats decided to boycott Tuesday’s voting.
Trump’s nominees for Treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, and secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, were sent to the Senate floor with a 14-0 vote.
Republicans decided to oversee the rules of the committee, which state that at least one Democrat must be present in order for the voting to be valid and ultimately send a nominee to the Senate floor. Not one Democrat showed up on Wednesday and with the committee rules suspended, the 14 Republicans in the room voted Wednesday morning to move the Mnuchin and Price nominations to the full Senate.
Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, said “long story short, we took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues.”
“They on their own accord refused to participate in the exercise,” Hatch continued. “They have nobody to blame but themselves.”