#1 Democrats Boycott Confirmation Of Trump Nominees, Blocking Mnuchin, Price Votes by ThirstyMan 31.01.2017 12:45

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by Tyler Durden, Jan 31, 2017

Full out war between Democrats and the White House broke out today when Senate Democrats on Tuesday refused to attend a committee vote on two President Trump’s more controversial nominees, effectively delaying their consideration. Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes to advance Tom Price, Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and Steven Mnuchin, his selection to head the Treasury Department.

Since at least one democrat must be on present for the vote to be held, the move will effectively delay and potentially prevent the confirmation votes on Mnuchin and Price. The duo is among some of the more contentious selections to join Trump’s Cabinet.

Democrats walked out of the Senate Finance Committee hearing room, arguing that Mnuchin and Price misled senators in their testimony before the panel, and saying they could not allow a vote to proceed without more information. Minutes before the scheduled vote on the pair, democrats said they refused to enter the hearing room until they get answers to their questions about Price's stock purchase in an Australian biotechnology company.

"At a minimum, I believe the committee should postpone this vote" and have an opportunity to talk to officials at the biotech company, Sen. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the committee, told reporters. He said they'll be willing to move forward on Price and Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin only after their questions are answered, especially on Price, whom Wyden suggested hasn't been "straight" with the committee.

Both Price and Mnuchin had been targeted fiercely by Democrats on a range of ethical issues. Price was pressed on his investment activity in various medical companies, and whether he improperly mixed his political activity with his personal portfolio. Mnuchin’s time at the head of OneWest Bank, and whether it treated homeowners facing foreclosure fairly, was central to his testimony.

He misled Congress and he misled the American people," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the panel, said of Price.

According to The Hill, republicans expressed outrage at the move, while Democrats gathered outside the Senate Finance Committee hearing room to outline their gripes with the selections.

“I can’t understand why senators, who know we’re going to have these two people go through, can’t support the committee,” said Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). “I’m very disappointed in this kind of crap. … Some of this is because they just don’t like the president.”

“This is the most pathetic thing I’ve seen in my whole time in the United States Senate,” Hatch said, adding he would try to hold a vote on the nominees later today.

Expect a furious Trump tweet slamming Democratic opposition momentarily.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-31...hin-price-votes

#2 RE: Democrats Boycott Confirmation Of Trump Nominees, Blocking Mnuchin, Price Votes by Cincinnatus 31.01.2017 15:09

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This is all getting very nasty. President Trump is set to name his Supreme Court nominee later today and the Democrats have already announced they will oppose him, whoever he is. We have had division before in this country before, it's in the nature of things, but nothing to this extent since just prior to the War Between the States.

#3 RE: Democrats Boycott Confirmation Of Trump Nominees, Blocking Mnuchin, Price Votes by ThirstyMan 31.01.2017 17:07

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Quote: Cincinnatus wrote in post #2
This is all getting very nasty. President Trump is set to name his Supreme Court nominee later today and the Democrats have already announced they will oppose him, whoever he is. We have had division before in this country before, it's in the nature of things, but nothing to this extent since just prior to the War Between the States.


But the Dems have only low cards. They can squawk and protest, hold signs and march, but they don't hold the power hand. Trump holds the power hand and he knows how to do battle with losers like Schumer and Pelosi. It isn't politics so much as it's controlling the spotlight. They're ALWAYS talking about Donald Trump now. That's how he works! He's in the power seat with the high cards, House and Senate majorities.

#4 RE: Democrats Boycott Confirmation Of Trump Nominees, Blocking Mnuchin, Price Votes by PzLdr 31.01.2017 17:29

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Quote: ThirstyMan wrote in post #3
Quote: Cincinnatus wrote in post #2
This is all getting very nasty. President Trump is set to name his Supreme Court nominee later today and the Democrats have already announced they will oppose him, whoever he is. We have had division before in this country before, it's in the nature of things, but nothing to this extent since just prior to the War Between the States.


But the Dems have only low cards. They can squawk and protest, hold signs and march, but they don't hold the power hand. Trump holds the power hand and he knows how to do battle with losers like Schumer and Pelosi. It isn't politics so much as it's controlling the spotlight. They're ALWAYS talking about Donald Trump now. That's how he works! He's in the power seat with the high cards, House and Senate majorities.


Unless the GOP is willing to extend the nuclear option to USSC appointments, and by that I mean McConnell, Trump DOES NOT hold the power hand. The 'Pubbies are short of the 60 man vote to block cloture, and the number they do have includes McLaim, Lindsay Graham, Susan Collins, need I go on?...

#5 RE: Democrats Boycott Confirmation Of Trump Nominees, Blocking Mnuchin, Price Votes by ThirstyMan 31.01.2017 17:47

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Quote: PzLdr wrote in post #4
Quote: ThirstyMan wrote in post #3
Quote: Cincinnatus wrote in post #2
This is all getting very nasty. President Trump is set to name his Supreme Court nominee later today and the Democrats have already announced they will oppose him, whoever he is. We have had division before in this country before, it's in the nature of things, but nothing to this extent since just prior to the War Between the States.


But the Dems have only low cards. They can squawk and protest, hold signs and march, but they don't hold the power hand. Trump holds the power hand and he knows how to do battle with losers like Schumer and Pelosi. It isn't politics so much as it's controlling the spotlight. They're ALWAYS talking about Donald Trump now. That's how he works! He's in the power seat with the high cards, House and Senate majorities.


Unless the GOP is willing to extend the nuclear option to USSC appointments, and by that I mean McConnell, Trump DOES NOT hold the power hand. The 'Pubbies are short of the 60 man vote to block cloture, and the number they do have includes McLaim, Lindsay Graham, Susan Collins, need I go on?...



That IS our weakest link. But these four did vote against Obamacare back in 2010. So it can be done.

But I agree it's not a slam dunk with those idiots in the picture.

#6 RE: Democrats Boycott Confirmation Of Trump Nominees, Blocking Mnuchin, Price Votes by ThirstyMan 31.01.2017 17:57

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Quote: PzLdr wrote in post #4

Unless the GOP is willing to extend the nuclear option to USSC appointments, and by that I mean McConnell, Trump DOES NOT hold the power hand. The 'Pubbies are short of the 60 man vote to block cloture, and the number they do have includes McLaim, Lindsay Graham, Susan Collins, need I go on?...



Looks like Mitch is aware of the situation as well....

McConnell: If GOP unites, we will win
BY ALEXANDER BOLTON AND BOB CUSACK - 01/31/17

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has a clear and simple message for his party: Success depends on unity.

In an interview with The Hill, the Senate majority leader said he has told his GOP colleagues not to expect any help from Democrats on an array of legislative priorities.

In contrast to past years, when McConnell had to face down rebellions from conservative colleagues — most notably Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) — the entire Senate GOP conference appears to be on the same page. How long that lasts remains uncertain, however.
“The only way you can achieve success in an environment like now, where there’s not much bipartisanship, is for us to have our act together and to work out our differences among ourselves,” McConnell said Friday.

During former President Obama’s administration, McConnell said he had to contend with “individuals” in the Senate and House who “just really enjoy the publicity associated with doing something the vast majority of Republicans didn’t agree with, and it was a great headline producer.”

After a highly unusual and charged election year, McConnell is looking forward to making new laws in 2017. Against the odds, McConnell preserved his GOP majority in November and now has a willing partner in the White House. The relationship between President Trump and McConnell was tenuous at best throughout 2016. But times have changed. McConnell, who refused to answer questions about Trump in the fall, last week compared him to President Andrew Jackson, the nation’s first populist commander in chief.

Ten Senate Democrats are running for reelection in 2018 in states that Trump won last year. McConnell is expecting that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will pull out all the stops to keep them from defecting on big votes.

“We’re not anticipating much Democratic cooperation here,” he said with a laugh.

He says most Democrats are “not interested” in working with the GOP on legislation to repeal and replace parts of ObamaCare and to overhaul the tax code. As a result, Republicans are looking to pass those bills on party-line votes under a special budgetary process that protects them from filibusters.

“When you’re taking that path, you better have your people all lined up, because if you can’t get your own guys together, particularly in the Senate, you can’t get where you want to go,” he said.
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http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/31700...tes-we-will-win

#7 RE: Democrats Boycott Confirmation Of Trump Nominees, Blocking Mnuchin, Price Votes by Rufus T Firefly 01.02.2017 08:04

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I have never been a Mitch McConnell fan - but I watched his interview with Bret Baier last evening and I was somewhat impressed.

Baier tried to press him on whether or not he would use the so called 'nuclear option' to get Trump's SCOTUS nominee confirmed. McConnell (wisely, I'll admit) did not reveal his strategy (that would be dumb this early on, in my opinion).

But he DID say to Baier 'the nominee WILL be confirmed' (implying he will play hard ball, if he needs to).

I just wish he didn't look so much like Tommy the Turtle . . .

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