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AMAC Agrees – The Senate Needs to Confirm President Trump’s Nominees

senate confirm TrumpAs President Trump approaches the end of his first year in office, his ability to implement his agenda across the executive branch has been hindered by the Senate’s failure to confirm his nominations.

Under unified government, President Trump has still faced a slower pace of confirmations than that of Presidents Bush or Obama, both of whom had nearly half of their nominees confirmed by this time in their respective terms. Specifically, President Bush had 358 of his 610 nominations cleared. President Obama had 341 out of 505 nominations confirmed. Currently, President Trump has only had 161 confirmations of the 398 individuals nominated.

The slow pace of Senate confirmations is exacerbated by the Senate’s continued insistence on working no more than 2 ½ days a week – arriving on Monday evening for a handful of votes, and departing, on average, by 2:30 p.m. each Thursday afternoon.

Previous Senates worked harder. The Reid Senate of 2009 averaged a departure time of 6:15 p.m. every Thursday, and oftentimes stayed as late as 11:30 p.m. to finish their work. In fact, the Reid Senate of 2009-2010 spent nearly 2,500 hours in session, compared to the McConnell Senate of 2015-2016, which spent just 1,855 hours in session.

Also troubling is the Republican insistence that Democrats are “obstructing” votes on these nominations, as claimed in a recent press release from the Senate Majority Leader’s office. It is unclear what obstruction is taking place. Democrats no longer have the ability to filibuster any nominees, judicial or executive. Any simple objections they do make – such as running all post-cloture time – are simply process objections that can be easily overcome.

Moreover, if Democrats are going to insist on all post-cloture time to be run, Majority Leader McConnell can easily make this painful for them by forcing continuous session overnight and through the weekend. If the Senate stayed in session continuously for a week (including the weekend), they could confirm up to five nominees every week even if Democrats made them run the full post-cloture time on each nomination.

Democrats may be able to delay consideration of nominees for a short time, but they ultimately can no longer obstruct. In the absence of the filibuster, the fate of every nominee rests solely with Majority Leader McConnell and the will of the GOP conference to do the necessary work.

Personnel is policy. In delaying the confirmation of President Trump’s appointees, the Senate is directly limiting the President’s effectiveness. This is not only true because positions remain vacant and work is not being accomplished, but because without the direction of Trump’s political appointees, career officials are left unsupervised. As has been documented in many instances, career officials that disagree with the President have taken measures to actively thwart his priorities.

Furthermore, continued delay results in ongoing unanswered partisan attacks designed to tarnish the personal and professional reputations of the president’s nominees. Both Russell Vought, nominated to the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, have been subject to scurrilous attacks by Democratic senators who have attempted to link the faith of Vought and Barrett to their qualification for office. Not only is this an unconstitutional religious test, but such statements subject both Vought and Barrett to unwarranted and offensive criticism to which they cannot give a robust response. Other nominees are being unnecessarily delayed because Republican Senators failed to appear at committee meetings where the nominations were to be voted upon, forcing cancellation of the committee’s action on the nomination.

The Republican Senate should prioritize these nominations and others like them. Vought and Barrett are both immensely qualified for the positions to which they’ve been nominated, and the GOP should confirm them swiftly, not only because of their excellent credentials, but also as a definitive answer to the Democrats who are attempting to place a religious test on appointed office. Deputy Labor Secretary-nominee Patrick Pizzella is highly qualified and yet the GOP has failed to move his nomination. These are just a few of the stories of President Trump’s nominations languishing in the Senate.

The Senate plays a critical Constitutional role in helping the President shape and implement his priorities by passing legislation, but also by confirming the President’s nominations. We urge the Senate to take its role seriously, and act with haste to confirm the individuals that President Trump has selected to assist him in carrying out his mandate.

To that end, the Conservative Movement calls on the Senate leadership to IMMEDIATELY schedule committee and floor action every Thursday and Friday for the foreseeable future to act on President Trump’s nominees for executive and judicial nominees, and to begin working a full week, EVERY week, until all nominations have been acted upon.

The United States Senate behaves as though there are no time limits and no urgency to these matters.   They are wrong and we cannot overstate the frustration and growing concern with the Republican Senate leadership for its failure during this entire year to do its work, process the nominations and address the issues that the American people have elected and pay them to handle.

We urge the Senate to get to work – now.

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All the delays and obstruction can be directly traced to one person: Mitch McConnell. His refusal to modify Senate rules with respect to limiting the amount of time Democrats can delay each Trump nominee, accelerate the entire approval process and reduce the approval votes needed to 51 are all due to McConnell not wanting either Trump in the WH or Trump’s agenda being enacted. The Democrats only have the ability to obstruct the nominee approval process, because McConnell condones it. Chuck Schumer and his fellow Democrat Senators would be as irrelevant as Nancy Pelosi’s House Democrats, if McConnell didn’t empower them through his refusal to make the necessary and practical Senate rule changes. So either McConnell is forced to step down as leader of the Senate ( or ideally just resigns and retires ) and allow one of the few Senate Republicans who actually support the Trump agenda and the… Read more »

Hence the reason why the past potus’ did so many recess appointments. If Congress stays on vacation, recess, then the President can use the recess appointment for a great number of vacancies. He sure needs to get rid of many deep state or bureaucrats that continues to grow their mini kingdom and use every means possible to try and destroy all work our President wants to get done. Especially clean house with the ones committing criminal acts like leaking masked names of fisa courts or other classifieds.

PaulE, the risk posed by a Senate that refuses to consider ousting McConnell is a Senate that may in fact be lost midterm. With him or without him, we may end up with the Democrats in charge. The Republicans being in the majority seems to no avail. How will it seem when they become the minority?
By the way, your comment was spot on. You do good work, though our Senate does nearly nothing.

Hi Ivan, I don’t think most of the Republicans in the Senate care whether they are in the majority or the minority, as long as most of them still have their seats, collect their checks and excellent benefits. If we’re being totally honest, most of these folks could never land a job in the private sector that paid anywhere near what they make in Congress that offers such great benefits for so very little work. Remember, the private sector is accomplishment oriented where results are not only expected, but demanded on a regular basis for continued employment. The federal government has no such performance criteria, with members of Congress being able to do essentially nothing for years on end and still collect full pay and benefits. When you get right down to it, many in Congress may in fact prefer being in the minority. Since it would mean they wouldn’t… Read more »

Good points, PaulE, but us so-called conservatives still expect the impossible: honest lawyers, able leaders willing to get down and dirty for proper leadership for our money’s worth, and hopefully not something for nothing. Being outnumbered sure does suck.

Yes it does. Real fiscal and constitutional conservatives are clearly not in the majority of the Republican Party these days. Both from the part of our so-called representatives in Washington, as well as unfortunately a lot of folks across the country. Sure a lot of folks talk about being conservative these days, but what many of them really mean is purely social conservatism. While that may be important, it isn’t the same as being concerned about how and where the taxpayer’s money is being spent or in many, many cases completely misspent. Nor is it the same as knowing the difference between the small and limited nature of the federal government, as specified in the Constitution, and simply saying “There outta be a law against ______” every time something happens that they disagree with. It is what it is. Which is why the same empty suits keep getting re-elected term… Read more »

I think it’s time that President Trump call for McConnell’s removal and point out to his constituents that McConnell must not be a Republican if he’s not willing to work/do what the President wants. After all, the general populace elected Trump, not McConnell, to run the country! What a bunch of clowns we have representing the people. Trump should call for term limits and let the people echo his remarks. It’s time to go over the heads of these clowns and go straight to the people.

It’s not that this congress is lazy. The fact of the matter is that all of the DNC and the vast majority of the GOP have no intention of allowing President Trump to succeed. That’s just a fact. Nobody wants to think that our elected employees would work against our wishes. Guess what…they couldn’t care less about what we want. They care about what their BIG donors (mostly globalists) want. Yeah…that stinks, but that’s the way it is. There are a few exceptions, but not enough to make a difference.

The Republicans (especially in the Senate) have been running on promises and giving us excuses for over a decade now. It’s time we replaced the well entrenched luxury loving politicians with those who will keep their promises by actually working for the people who sent them there instead of for themselves.

The biggest source of OBSTRUCTION in Congress right now is not the Democrat Party. It is the lying, two-faced Swamp Scum sucking GOP. I live in deepest darkest Democrat Minnesota and have the likes of Nolan, Franken and Klobuchar “representing” me. Now that the Republicans have gone running to the Left, I have NO representation in Congress. Federal or State. All I, and millions of others, have is a gang of self-serving, bought off professional politicians putting on a lousy act. They do nothing but pay back their Globalist Party Bosses. All of them. The GOP has the Majority and the power and they kowtow to the Democrat/Communists all the live long day! Trump can’t do it alone. And I’m expecting the day when the GOP joins the Democrat/Communists in seeking his dismissal through a phonied up “impeachment”. Don’t laugh. It CAN happen. Then they’ll go after Pence. Then >>GAG<<… Read more »

It’s clear that the “establishment'” anti-Trumpers in the Senate have adopted a strategy of delay to stop the President. They of course are joined by like minded RINO’s in the House. Talk about needing to draining the swamp. It’s a shame they are just part of the cabal of past Presidents and other defeated Presidential candidates who are leading the charge from behind secret closed doors. It’s getting harder and harder to be associated with such persons who would rather see the country go down the drain than to help the President.

Mitch McConnell is a sorry senator from a great state. Eight years he did little to nothing to stop the Commander in Thief, Obama and now he collects a salary for doing nothing the voters demand. He is nearly a traitor of our country, his party and certainly to a republic government. His founding father, John Adams must be restless in his grave seeing what has and continues to happen inside the government he fought and sacrificed to create.

Are you aware that the senate only works 2 1/5 days a week?. Off about 180 days a years? Doesnt have to use the healthcare plans that we have to put up with? Have many perks that you or i will never have unless we pay for them? Who pays for all this generous largesse? You and i, mr and mrs sap T. taxpayer…thats who? Are you happy with what you are receiveing? If not then you must throw the bums out!

This is absolutely ridiculous!! Just goes to show you that the Liberal Democrats and certain Democrats masquerading as Republicans (Rhinos) are purposefully keeping President Trump at bay simply because they lost the last election and don’t like Donald Trump! President Trump, thankfully he won this past election, has done more for the American people in his first 8-9 months of service than the past president did in his 8 years in office, although he certainly improved his golf game if you want to call that a good thing for presidents to be doing! President Trump could do so much more for America if those Libtards would stop their blocking his almost every move! Wake up you Libtards and do what’s best for American and give this president the people he wants to work with in order to do his job rightfully! In case you forgot, it was the American peole… Read more »
What needs to happen is a republican turnover. Basically the only difference between GOP and dummycrats is the name. Both parties are filled with political elitist concerned with lining their pockets and continuous reelection. Term limits are necessary to keep these individuals from making a profession out of politics. Until there is a Convention of States or all the dinosaurs drop dead and congress descides to limit itself, NOT, we must rely on the primary season to remove these elitist. Whatever your political persuasion it is We the People’s responsibility to remove these political overlords. We need people that are responsible to the people and their concerns rather than those that are concerned only with their personal gain. Change incumbents during the primaries and put new blood in during the general. Change politics where we don’t have people like Pelosi. McConnel, Schumer for thirty something years. Have you ever noticed… Read more »

President Trump said that he would “drain the swamp”. we have to help him “pull the plug”!!

McConnell needs to go! I think he is really a Dem instead of a Republican.

More like an “undocumented democrat”!

We could try “voting” these guys out of office, but with all the voter fraud going on it really is an uphill battle.

Why are you getting paid for doing nothing? Our President was elected by a majority of votes cast and he has a great agenda that needs to be ratified by our legislature. How about getting off your oversized duffs and get this work done!

Mc Connell is incapable or unwilling to move the Presidents agenda forward. In ten months he has done nothing and he needs to step aside. However, his fellow Senators are anti-Trump and they won’t make a move either. We as Trump Republicans can do but one thing and that is to revolt against our own party. Call for a nationwide action of no contributions to the party. Form a party of our own and raise money to defeat the ones that need to go first in the Senate and later in the House. AMAC could be a sounding board for such a movement. We could bolster new Republicans or elect us a Democrat who cares as long as we get the leaderships’ attention.

I get their surveys and requests for money all the time. I fill out the survey, sent it back, noting that there will be no donation. I’ve noticed that there are a variety of candidates running for office against incumbents – both Republicans! Hopefully this will be the trend. We definitely have to get those politicians with self interest only out of our governments – both state and federal!

I have already done that. Every time I get a donation request in the mail I return it (no money included) with a letter telling them that there will be no more money from me until they start working with the President. In that letter I name all of the Senators who should have a d behind their name. Sometimes I just write across the donation sheet that they will get no more money from me. The nice thing is they pay the postage!!!

I Think I’ll start doing the same. Thanks.

I’ve thought of that too. But I doubt anyone of importance would ever see it. I believe these surveys are sent out by paid survey companies. I think we’d be more effective if we mailed the survey and the letter direct to the RNC. Downside is we have to pay the postage ( it would be worth it).

The only ones that I do that with are ones that are addressed to the RNC and usually they have the return envelope with postage paid. Or I take the postage stamp that some charities send trying to get you to donate, like sending me a postage stamp or a quarter is going to sway me. The rest, Heritage Foundation etc, go in the garbage. I only send money to certain places no matter how many others send me stuff.

THE PROBLEM IS NAMED MITCH MCCONNELL. HE NEEDS TO GO ALONG WITH HIS “SENATE LEADERSHIP”. (CAPS INTENDED).

Mike

I agree with you that it is Mitch Mc Connell. He is the main problem.. He is not doing his job as a leader of the Republican Senate Group. If they get
a better and more down to earth leader, things would be a lot better. Another thing, Paul Ryan is no better either.

Mitch definitely needs to pick up the pace on confirming nominations (as well as on tax reform). The Administration can increase the pressure on Mitch by sending nominations for all open positions to the Senate immediately.

According to this article, President Bush had already sent 610 of his nominations to the Senate by this time in his presidency. Currently, President Trump has nominated 398 individuals so the Administration could pick up their nominating pace as well.

The rotten republican politicians are deliberately refusing to support
President Trump, because he threatens to drain the swamp. And
there are both democrats and republicans in that swamp.

Senate should get on board with President Trump or look forward to peoples backlash.

For an eight year period, every time Obama demanded anything, the Republicans would immediately surrender, while the “unbiased” media claimed the (R)s were blocking O at every turn. Now, with an (R) in power, the (d)s ARE blocking Trump while this same media says absolutely nothing! Take back the media and the (d)s lose all power!

Many of the Republican Senators are being irresponsible and it appears that Sen. McConnell is right there at the top!

AMAC should publish all the names, phone numbers and states they represent of those republicans not showing up for confirmation meetings or voting against and delaying Trumps agenda that way the whole country could call and give voice to our displeasure with them. If there is a way to get these published online in newspapers or on air as to shame them in to correcting their disdain for the voters! This should also be done to dems as well! P.S. let the people vote on term limits, if you have a constitutional convention then the politicians control the outcome, say goodbye to the second amendment then the first amendment and there will be no term limits!!!

Dogman, I agree with you that AMAC should publish all the names, phone numbers and states they represent of those republicans not showing up for these meetings, etc. This is a very good idea. Let hope AMAC will do so.

I really don’t think it’s fair to compare Trump’s progress with other former presidents because they did not have the bashing and backlash about every single thing they tried to do. I’m sick of it! They will not give him one inch. In the lunchroom where I work they constantly have CNN on. Every time I go in there, CNN has something bad to say about Trump. When will this stop? We true Americans didn’t do this with obama, If those idiot liberals ever get another person in high office, we should all be just as relentless in voicing our distaste for the lies and deceit they are sure to cram down our throats, just like obama did.

Two and one-half days a week of work? Pay them accordingly…..cut their pay! Think how this looks to the average working man.

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