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Republicans Suspend Committee Rules, Approve Mnuchin and Price Without Democrats

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Republicans Suspend Committee Rules, Approve Mnuchin and Price Without Democrats

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday voted on a straight party line to confirm U.S. Representative Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services and banker Steven Mnuchin to be Treasury secretary, sending the nominations to the full Senate for a vote.

Democrats stayed away from the meeting for a second day running, which under the committee’s rules normally would have prevented the votes from taking place. But Republicans on Wednesday voted to suspend the rule that had required at least one Democrat to be present for business to be conducted.

Republican members of the committee, who were all present, then approved the nominees 14-0. The nominees are considered likely to be confirmed by the Republican-majority Senate.

“We took some unprecedented action today due to some unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues,” said the panel’s chairman, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.

Committee aides said the panel had notified the Democrats a half-hour before Wednesday’s proceedings. Hatch said he had obtained approval from the Senate parliamentarian for the move suspending the rule.

“I don’t know all the details of what just transpired, but it seems to me the basic proposition of breaking the rule so that you can in effect look the other way in the face of strong evidence of serious ethical problems for two nominees is exceptionally troubling,” Senator Ron Wyden, the committee’s top Democrat, told MSNBC after the vote.

(additional reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Jeffrey Benkoe)

IMAGE: U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) (L)  is welcomed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) prior to testifying before a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria



  1. ResqDogz February 1, 2017

    “We took some unprecedented action today due to some unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues,” said the panel’s chairman, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.



    Are you SURE?

    Did you “Rip-Van-Winkle” the past eight years, or are you simply senile, Orrin???

    I believe YOUR party established a long-running history of obstreperous obstructionism, and now you have the audacity to complain – when it’s your turn to be on the receiving end?

    Leave it to you bastards to rewrite the rules – just as you gerrymander, obfuscate, and misrepresent EVERYTHING to the American people with your “alternate facts” (from an alternate universe, apparently)!

    There WILL be a reckoning – come 2018: I hope you and yours are eradicated from the political scene, altogether….

    1. Dan S February 1, 2017

      If Donnie is reading your comment he won’t know what you said. Too many big words for him to comprehend ????

      1. stcroixcarp February 1, 2017

        Come on–trump knows what a bastard is.

        1. itsfun February 1, 2017

          Well he did watch Obama in action for 8 years.

      2. InformedVoter February 1, 2017

        What a bunch of crap! You guys loved it when Obozo used his pen and phone to push is failed agenda thru. Now that the GOP is using the same tactics, all of a sudden you cry foul. As Obozo said “elections have consequences”.

      3. I Am Helpy February 1, 2017

        Bannon would be reading it to him, obviously. And changing the words (he’d do that anyway, even if they weren’t too big).

    2. stcroixcarp February 1, 2017

      That is is any of us in the opposition will be allowed to vote, or if our votes are counted. We could all be in FEMA labor camps.

      1. itsfun February 1, 2017

        How did the Wisconsin recount work for you? Didn’t President Trump gain votes?

    3. InformedVoter February 1, 2017

      The left is still in meltdown mode and in a state of self-denial. As Obozo said when he used his pen and phone to get his way “elections have consequences”.
      Keep up the posts, they just might learn a thing or two.

      1. itsfun February 1, 2017

        Unhinged too.

    4. itsfun February 1, 2017

      Democrats have lost 1000 seats in state and federal government the last 8 years. 2018 will probably make it 1500 seats. The left has to come back to its roots and help the average Joe, or it will be going, going, gone.

  2. CPAinNewYork February 1, 2017

    When you break the rules to gain a temporary advantage, you are asking for trouble.

    This is only the start of a lot of trouble.

  3. Godzilla February 1, 2017

    This is awesome…Don’t show up to work now losers, this is how things should run. You lost, now grow up and deal with it like adults, if that’s even possible.


    1. johninPCFL February 1, 2017

      So says the new leader of the #TrumpsBidet brigade.

    2. iamproteus February 1, 2017

      You have no clue how stupid you are, do you? If you had a minimal degree of foresight, you’d know how dangerous these actions are for the future of our democracy. Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules!

      1. itsfun February 1, 2017

        Just doing what dirty Harry Reid did. I didn’t see any complaining about that.

    3. itsfun February 1, 2017

      I think President Trump should just name all of his nominees for Cabinet positions as “acting”. He would then have his cabinet in place as he wants it. If the obstructionists in the Democratic Party want to keep playing games with our country, this would put them in their place.

    4. Thoughtopsy February 2, 2017

      And who is the biggest snowflake of all?

      Yeah… the orange idiot in the oval office who can’t bear SNL making fun of him.
      That small handed thin-skinned guy who just has to correct anyone that says anything he doesn’t agree with… and lie to cover up his inadequacies…

      You may call him PRESIDENT SNOWFLAKE.

  4. itsfun February 1, 2017

    If the left is upset, then they should complain to Harry Reid. He is the one that started changing Senate rules.

    1. secondclassguy February 1, 2017

      You’re an idiot, Reid had no choice, republicans were blocking EVERYBODY so the govt couldn’t run, and now we see it was the right move because those appointed judges are checking Trump.

      Democrats on the other hand just wanted to ask further questions do to strong allegations of laws being broken. That’s not a reason to go nuclear. Republicans are complete scum and hypocrites

      1. itsfun February 2, 2017

        Lets see the Democrats are holding up our nations government because of losing a election. They are whining and crying and obstructing everything they can. The Democrats changed rules to get what they wanted and that was okay with you. According to you, the Republicans are doing what the Democrats did, but the Republicans are complete scum because they may do what the Democrats did. Obama had 7 cabinet member in place on his first day in office. President Trump now has only 6. The nominees have answered hundreds of questions. Democrats are the party of no and obstruction. There is a new sheriff in town. President Trump get use to it.

        1. secondclassguy February 2, 2017

          It started when McConnell declared the first priority before anything was to get Obama out in four years before Obama even did anything. Republicans were the first to realize nice guys finish last, and they’ve choice evil and lying to win seats and that often works. Other than that they have no redeeming qualities

          1. itsfun February 2, 2017

            It is always the goal of the opposing party to try and make the other party President a one term President.

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