Blunt Takes Senate Democrats to Task for Unprecedented Obstruction of Trump Nominations

14 Jul

Blunt Takes Senate Democrats to Task for Unprecedented Obstruction of Trump Nominations

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the Senate floor to discuss Senate Democrats’ unprecedented obstruction of President Trump’s nominees. Blunt noted that, at the current rate, it will take over 11 years to confirm all of the nominations that require Senate confirmation.
 
“[T]he president, as I said, has nominated 216 people. Less than one out of four of them have been confirmed. In President Obama’s term, even though he had more nominees by this time, he had a lot more confirmations. The Senate confirmed 69 percent of the Obama nominees. There are currently more than 150 nominations waiting a confirmation, many of them already out of committee. So they are ready to come to the floor, but Senate Democrats have caused this backlog by using every procedural tactic to needlessly delay the nominees. 
“[T]he rate we’re going, it would take more than 11 years to fill all the jobs that the president is supposed to be able to fill.
 
“By the first August recess in his administration, President Obama only had eight cloture votes. So what’s happened here 30 times under President Trump happened eight times under President Obama. Three percent of the nominees that were confirmed under President Obama had a cloture vote between swearing in and August [of 2009]. Sixty percent of the nominees that come from President Trump have had a cloture vote, but about the same amount of real debate.

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