Steven Mnuchin, Tom Price Pass Committee Vote As Democrats Boycott

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Democrats "didn't even have the courtesy to tell me they weren't going to show up yesterday and were holding press conferences out there without even talking to me". Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said on Wednesday, in a statement about Dems' decision boycott. I stayed until the last question was asked. Provided they are confirmed, Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. Attorney from Maryland, will serve as the deputy attorney general, the No. 2 post in the department, and Rachel Brand, a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, will serve as the associate attorney general, the No. 3 post. Unless Republicans change this rule, too, the nominations must be on the Senate Executive Calendar for a minimum of 24 hours before the nominations go to the Senate floor for a vote.

Price had testified the discounted shares he bought in Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd were available to all other investors at the time but the Journal said that in fact he was one of fewer than 20 US investors who were invited past year to buy the discounted shares. The mostly party-line 56-43 vote came with Democrats critical of Tillerson's close ties to Russian Federation as former Exxon Mobil CEO. The Oklahoma Republican has long viewed the EPA skeptically and has sued the agency repeatedly as the top cop in Oklahoma.

If Senate Democrats filibuster, it would take 60 votes to invoke cloture, or end the filibuster. They refused to participate in the process if there wouldn't be more time for vetting. "Will he permanently recuse himself from anything having to do with those lawsuits?"


Democrats walked out of hearings on Tuesday for treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin and health and human services secretary Rep. Tom Price, denying Republicans the total number of votes necessary to approve a full vote on cabinet nominees in the Senate. Health and Human Services hopeful - Georgia Republican, Dr. Tom Price - is a longtime foe of the Affordable Care Act and of reproductive rights, supports replacing Medicare with vouchers and has questionable financial ties to the health sector. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said the Senate parliamentarian had approved the extraordinary tactic and blamed it on Democrats, saying their boycott was "one of the most pathetic things I've ever seen" and "a nefarious breach of protocol".

Republicans, Barrasso said, had never tried to stop "President Obama from setting up his government". The boycott was led by Senators Sherrod Brown and Roy Wyden in an effort to push for more vetting of both Mnuchin and Price, both of whom the senators claim gave misleading testimonies and responses during the committee hearings about their investments and foreclosure practices, respectively.

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