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Dems Stay Home To Thwart Trump’s Plans - That Backfired

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee angered Republicans when they all failed to show up for a vote on President Donald Trump's cabinet picks. The Democrats were trying to buy time, but Republicans pulled a switch on them and voted without them. Republicans call victory, while Democrats are furious.

The Democrats wanted to reconvene to question two of President Trump's cabinet picks: Steven Mnuchin for Treasury and Tom Price for the Department of Health and Human Services. Both candidates had been grilled by Democrats, who felt unsatisfied. Democratic party committee members wanted to question Mnuchin further on about an accusation that he failed to disclose nearly $100 million in real estate assets. Price was under suspicion for possibly violating the Stock Act through his Australian pharmaceutical investments.

The committee was scheduled to vote on Wednesday, but the 12 Democrats on the committee band together to stand against the vote. They boycotted it by not showing up, intending the move to buy them time for more questioning.

All Republicans on the committee were in attendance and rules stated they couldn't vote for the cabinet members without at least one Democrat present. So the Republicans opted to change the rules, and then they voted to confirm President Trump's two cabinet picks.

"Long story short, we took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues," said chair committee, Sen. Orrin Hatch, Republican Senator of Utah.

Hatch slammed the Democratic leader on the committee for being uncooperative, and for being unwilling to cooperate with several bipartisan bills. He called the Democratic party members boycott a 'cheap political ploy, and they should be ashamed.'

Democrats are making cabinet selection an unusually long and grueling process for the Trump administration, and many have resisted the president for the sole purpose of resisting him. They’re frustrated by the Republican move that got around their resistance.

Source: Business Insider
Photo: Twitter/@realDonaldTrump

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