White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed the obstructionism that Senate Democrats are engaged in in their ongoing efforts to delay President Trump’s cabinet selections from proceeding, essentially depriving him of the tools he needs to operate the government.
Spicer said on Wednesday, “Democrats in the Senate continue to use every tool at their disposal to try to get [in the] way of the President’s attempts to try to make the country, to make America great again. Just today Senate Democrats again refused to even participate in committee votes for Senate designates Price and Mnuchin, who were moved out of the Finance Committee with zero Democrats present.”
He says, “Democrats also boycotted EPA administrator designate Pruitt’s hearing. They are doing their constituents in this country a disservice by resorting to these childish tactics. The President’s cabinet nominees will be confirmed on the floor of the Senate once Democrats actually allow them to get a fair vote.”
In response to questions from reporters, Spicer said, “I think Chuck Schumer has shown time and time again, through this confirmation process with the cabinet that he’s more interested in politics than actually moving the government along, and I think that is troubling. I would ask you, that I think the question needs to be asked to Chuck Schumer, ‘Why are you stalling all of these nominees, why are you insisting on new requirements that you didn’t assume for Sotomayor or Kagan?”
Spicer says, “I mean there’s a point at which they need to get asked why are they obstructing government every step of the way. There’s an element to which they need to be held accountable as well. They held certain standards in place for their nominees, both for the bench and for the cabinet. And the question is, ‘Are they going to live up to the same standards that they imposed on Republicans when they had nominees in a Democrat White House?'”
Spicer later added, “Chuck Schumer’s not innocent in this, there’s a lot of comments that he’s made and a lot of accusations that he’s thrown out there and a lot of politics that he’s played. At some point Chuck Schumer needs to be held accountable for his actions and his words.
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