Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed Monday to block any Supreme Court nominee President Donald Trump selects — before the individual is even known.
Schumer also released a statement Monday promising to vote against eight of Trump’s Cabinet nominees, whom he described as “the very worst of this anti-immigrant, anti-middle class, billionaires’ club Cabinet.”
“Stop playing politics and do your job.”
Under Schumer’s obstinate leadership, Senate Democrats have put up unprecedented obstruction to the assembly of the new president’s administration.
On the 11th day of former President Obama’s first term in office, only seven of his Cabinet-level nominees awaited Senate confirmation, according to a Monday press release from the White House. Just four of former President George W. Bush’s nominees awaited Senate confirmation at the 11-day mark in 2001.
But on Trump’s 11th day in office, an unprecedented 17 cabinet nominees still awaited confirmation from the Senate. And of those 17, Schumer has promised to vote against at least eight of them.
“I’ve made it very clear I will vote NO on nominees [Betsy] DeVos (education), [Rex] Tillerson (state) and [Jeff] Sessions (attorney general). Nothing will change that,” Schumer said in his statement, before declaring that he would “demand” that each of Trump’s remaining nominees “issue a public statement on his or her views of President Trump’s Muslim Ban.”
The ban Schumer referred to — the executive order Trump signed Friday that temporarily suspended immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations — is not a “Muslim Ban.” The order does not affect 46 other Muslim-majority nations.
The other five nominees Schumer summarily will reject include “Rep. Mick Mulvaney for Budget Director, Rep. Tom Price for Health and Human Services, Steve Mnuchin for Treasury, Scott Pruitt for EPA and Andy Puzder for Labor.”
Senate Democrats’ unwillingness to allow confirmations to move forward on Trump’s Cabinet nominees or any Trump Supreme Court nominee drew fire Monday. Just last year, they were singing a completely different tune when Republicans blocked Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Republicans, who insisted during the 2016 election year that the next president should have the opportunity to fill the vacancy left by Scalia, blocked the vote on Garland. Democrats howled.
America Rising Squared (AR2) released an ad Monday titled “Roll The Tape” that highlighted the Democrats’ glaring hypocrisy regarding the blocking of a Senate vote to Supreme Court nominees.
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“Senate Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren spent all of 2016 talking about how the Senate needed to fulfill its constitutional responsibility and hold an up-or-down vote on Supreme Court nominees, and the American people expect them to keep their word and do their job,” Brian Rogers, executive director of AR2, said in a press release. “Democrats may try and run but they can’t hide from their records — all we have to do is roll the tape.”
In the ad, Schumer can be heard saying, “You know, we hope. … we would much rather have a Supreme Court justice, a ninth justice, than gain any political advantage.”
Schumer adds, “Doing your job is holding a hearing, asking tough questions of the judge, and then voting yes or no.”
Warren also can be heard sternly lecturing the Senate, saying, “Stop playing politics and do your job.”