This really is big story. The Dems thought they would stick it to Chairman Orin Hatch by boycotting Committee meetings thus delaying the vote of two of Trumps picks. While the Democrat members were out posturing with the media, Hatch went out and “got er done.” There is a new sheriff in town.
Republicans who lead a key Senate panel suspended their own rules Wednesday and advanced President Trump’s picks to lead the Treasury and Health and Human Services departments unilaterally, saying they had no choice after Democrats boycotted committee votes for a second day in a row.
The Senate Finance Committee advanced Steven Mnuchin to lead Treasury and Rep. Tom Price as health secretary on Republican votes along, clearing the way for a confirmation vote before the full chamber. Both nominees made it out of committee on 14-0 votes.The votes were supposed to occur on Tuesday. Yet Democrats derailed the markup by refusing to show up, which meant the panel didn’t have the quorum needed to do business. At least one Democrat must be present.They failed to show for the rescheduled markup early Wednesday, leading to the rule change.“They have nobody to blame but themselves,” Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, said.H/T: WASHINGTON TIMES (This is a replacement clip)