Senate in round-the-clock session to confirm Trump Cabinet

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  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2017 12:45 a.m.

    I'm confused. When Citigroup picked Obama's cabinet, they were appointed w/o resistance. But when Goldman Sachs picks Trump's cabinet the Democrats in the Senate revolt. Does Goldman Sachs not contribute enough to their coffers?

    Full disclosure, while there are more than a few Goldman Sachs veterans in Trumps line up, I do not know that Goldman Sachs did the picking. Thanks to Wikileaks, we know who picked Obama's cabinet.

  • fight4liberty Herriman, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 10:05 p.m.

    @Middle of the road Mormon - South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 5:07 p.m.
    @Rubydo - Provo, UT

    Continued;

    9. Joe Biden wrote a playbook on how to "bork" a supreme court nominee, which means to publically pillory a nominees reputation. They were succuessful in their political assassination of Robert Borks political career and stopped his nomination.

    10. The Dems vowed to "bork" Justice Clarence Thomas nomination to the Supreme Court. Flo Kennedy from a womens org said "we are going to "bork" him, we are going to politically kill him. Thomas was brutally attacked from all sides by the Democrats, but their attacks failed! He was confirmed to the Supreme Court.

    The Democrats have a notarious record of hate and obstructionism! One thing they have be very successful in pulling the wool over the eyes of their followers.

    But one thing for sure, the democrats are strughling with the fact that they have been beaten at their own game!

    Welcome to your world! You wrote the playbook and Trump is a great quarterback!

  • fight4liberty Herriman, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 9:40 p.m.

    @mid road morman

    "@Rubydo - Provo, UT "The democrats that are boycotting the committee votes acting like spoiled little children." I guess the same should have been said about the GOP on Obama's SCOTUS pick Merrick Garland? Becoming the party of "No" seems to have worked for the Republicans so now the Dems will do the same. "

    Here are TEN times the dems vowed to stop any Repub court nominees!

    1. Schumer in 2007 vowed to not confirm ANY GW Bush court nominees 19 months prior to end of his term.

    2. Schumer in 2004 vowed to stop Charles Pickering nom to court of appeals.

    3.Schumer in 2004 vowed to stop Carolyn Kuhl nom to 9th circuit court.

    4. Sen B Obama supported dem fillibuster of Samuel Alito to Supreme Court.

    5. Kennedy led block of Miguel Estrada rise to court of appeals.

    6. 2008 dems filibustred Bush nom Pricilla Owen to a federal ci curcuit court.

    7. Dems passed resolution to stop Eisenhower from making recess apts to the supreme court.

    8. The AFL-CIO vowed to block Pres Reagan supreme court pick Robert Bork. They trashed his political reputation. Sen Kennedy has an infamous speech on the trashing.

    To be continued!

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 7:02 p.m.

    Betsy DeVos probably couldn't run a coin-operated car wash. The fact we are considering her to make policy for millions of our nation's schoolchildren proves how badly we need to reform campaign financing laws. The well-being and overall welfare of our nation's children should not be sold to the highest bidder.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 5:51 p.m.

    I am not a big fan of fillabuster tactics by either side but I am sorry republicans lost all right to complain given thier behavior when Obama was in office.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 5:13 p.m.

    Sore Losers. And, publicity seekers wanting to spread their "fake news" opinions.

    As Obama said, "Elections have consequences" and they lost.

    Frankly, the Senate should be working a 40 hour week anyway, not the 3 day schedule they enjoy now, with all sorts of time off.

    Congress should be required to remain in session 24/7 starting July 1st if they do not have the 2018 budget and appropriations bills done.

  • Middle of the road Mormon South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 5:07 p.m.

    @Rubydo - Provo, UT

    "The democrats that are boycotting the committee votes should have their pay suspended until they decide to do their job instead of acting like spoiled little children."

    I guess the same should have been said about the GOP lawmakers when they refused to even vote on Obama's SCOTUS pick Merrick Garland?

    Becoming the party of "No" seems to have worked for the Republicans so now the Dems will do the same. You see for every action there is a reaction. If we had a POTUS that was even half way interested in uniting the country he would have reached across the aisle and at made an attempt to find some cabinet appointee more folks could agree upon. Instead he has picked right-wing radicals like Betsy Devos, and super-rich Wall Street times like Minuchin who could not even remember he had 100 million in an off shore account. Hmmm.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 4:45 p.m.

    @Vanceone
    "The EPA, the Department of Education, etc: Clearly, in the eyes of the left, they are non-essential."

    They're still doing things even without a head (there are interim heads, by the way, remember that Attorney General interim head who Trump fired?), the left just doesn't want someone utterly unqualified and who don't even like what they're heading (public schools, environmental regulation) in charge.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 3:34 p.m.

    @vanceone
    "The EPA, the Department of Education, etc: Clearly, in the eyes of the left, they are non-essential."

    What on earth are you talking about?

    First, republicans blocked more of Obama's appointees than were blocked for all previous presidents combined. Where was your concern about department heads during that period?

    Second, it's common for an incoming president to leave leadership in place to allow for the transition of power to the new President's leadership. Trump chose not to do that, terminating many of Obama's leadership the the moment he took office.

    Third, if Trump's picks for leadership were so important, why were most of them woefully unprepared with their background checks and other paperwork prior to their senate confirmation hearings?

    The facts simply do not back your claim

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Feb. 6, 2017 2:57 p.m.

    Actually, in a general sense, I am ok with gridlock, because the Founders designed our government to be hard, difficult, and slow to do anything in Washington. We tend to ignore that part of congress-people's oath that says they are to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. That's part of their job, too. And one can argue that not doing stuff, or gridlock, is sometimes the best way to protect the Constitution.

    In a political sense, the Democrats are just continuing to hurt themselves, though. The Trump voters that they need to win back in 2018 are not paying too close attention to the national media anymore. Those same Trump voters are increasingly seeing this as simple obstructionism, aka temper-tantrum.

  • Rubydo Provo, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 2:12 p.m.

    The democrats that are boycotting the committee votes should have their pay suspended until they decide to do their job instead of acting like spoiled little children.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 2:11 p.m.

    Trump should bow to the Democrats apparent demand that most of the federal government does not need leadership and just shutter the departments until the Democrats allow a leader.

    Send all the employees home without pay and tell them that the Democrat party does not think they are important. Which of course the Democrat party does not think they are important. If they did, they would have confirmed the nominees.

    The EPA, the Department of Education, etc: Clearly, in the eyes of the left, they are non-essential.