White House, Dems trade jabs on nominees — AP SPIN METER

Frederick Owens
July 15, 2017

"But she has now been waiting since May 23rd for a vote on the Senate floor", the White House official said.

By this point in 2001, his first term, President George W. Bush-with a Democrat-controlled Senate-had made 296 nominations, 149 of which were confirmed. In just a few months, Democrats have delayed President Trump's nominations by going through the burdensome cloture process 30 times. Many Democrats, smoldering over the Republicans' refusal to consider Obama nominee Merrick Garland in 2016, would not accept Gorsuch.

Still, Trump does have a point that his nominees have taken longer, on average, to win confirmation than any of his predecessors' picks - although it isn't dramatically longer than what Barack Obama's nominees faced in 2009. "They are using it - and have said as much - to sabotage a presidency".

"President Trump has picked up the pace on nominations, but there are hundreds of vitally important positions left to fill, including director of the U.S. Census Bureau, assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)", Stier told The Daily Signal in a prepared statement.

"For the past six months, Senator (Chuck) Schumer has deliberately run an unprecedented campaign of obstruction against the president's nominees for high-ranking positions in the government", said Short.

The House passed the American Health Care Act in May and then passed it over to the Senate.

Of the 197 Presidential nominations to agencies, the Senate has only confirmed 48.

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As a Wall Street Journal editorial noted today, "as of June 28 Mr. Trump had nominated 178 appointees but the Senate had confirmed only 46".

"If the White House is looking for the cause of the delay, they need only look in the mirror", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

"In an effort to prevent President Trump from following through on the policies for which the American people voted, Senate democrats are putting his nominations through timeconsuming parliamentary procedures not seen by the previous Administration", it said.

He added: "It's typical of the Trump administration: Do something wrong and blame someone else for your problem".

"I believe that the Democrat obstruction is jeopardizing national security", Short said.

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