Top Senate Democrat: We will work to undermine, slow down Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings

Top Senate Democrat: We will work to undermine, slow down Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev. listens at right as Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Top Senate Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to undermine and slow down the confirmation process of eight of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees, the New York Democrat said Sunday.

According to the Washington Post, Schumer — the incoming Senate Minority Leader — disclosed the information recently to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

According to the Post, Schumer and Senate Democrats plans to target:

  • Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Trump’s nominee for attorney general
  • Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.), Trump’s nominee for the director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for education secretary
  • Rep. Tom Price (Ga.), Trump’s nominee for health and human services secretary
  • Andrew Puzder, Trump’s nominee for labor secretary
  • Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary
  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency

“Any attempt by Republicans to have a series of rushed, truncated hearings before Inauguration Day and before the Congress and public have adequate information on all of them is something Democrats will vehemently resist,” Schumer said in a statement, according to the Post.

“If Republicans think they can quickly jam through a whole slate of nominees without a fair hearing process, they’re sorely mistaken,” he went on to say, adding that Trump is “attempting to fill his rigged cabinet with nominees that would break key campaign promises and have made billions off the industries they’d be tasked with regulating.”

Schumer also said that he is demanding at least two days of hearings per nominee and that no more than two nominees will have hearings in the same week.

Noticeably absent from Schumer’s list is Retired Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s nominee for defense secretary, who Trump has said he wants confirmed as quickly as possible.

Congress reconvenes this week and will begin hearings. Tillerson and Sessions are likely to be the first two nominees to receive hearings.

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