Hatch Suspends Finance Panel Rules to Advance Mnuchin, Price Nominations

Hatch Suspends Finance Panel Rules to Advance Mnuchin, Price Nominations

In the Senate Finance Committee, Democrats showed no sign of ending their boycott of committee votes on the nominations for Trump's choice for health and human services secretary, Tom Price, or Treasury secretary pick, Steve Mnuchin.

During a tense moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Democrats contend that Dr Price has not come clean about alleged conflicts of interest regarding his investments in healthcare companies, which he has denied.

Democrats consider the move in violation of longstanding rules on the finance committee, which require one member of each party present. "It's deeply troubling to me that Republicans on the Finance Committee chose to break the rules in the face of strong evidence of two nominees' serious ethical problems", said the panel's top Democrat, Ron Wyden of Oregon. "Hatch is asking us to vote on two nominees today who have out-and-out lied to our committee", he said. Since the Republicans hold a majority in the Senate, the only alternative now is for a Democratic Senator to place a hold on Mnuchin's nomination in the next 24 hours.

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It is believed that the Democrats have been taking advantage of slow votes to delay the confirmation of Trump's appointees.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, posted a photo of empty seats in the committee room and said the Democrats were standing with people "hurt by the abusive practices of Mnuchin's bank". Democrats boycotted Wednesday's abruptly called Finance Committee meeting, as they'd done for a session a day earlier.

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Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) suspended committee rules on Wednesday to advance the pair of nominations. Several Democrats said they had no confidence Sessions would be able to stand up to Trump. But it's a notable move, because it sets the stage for this to become a regular move - one that takes away one of the few remaining bits of real power Democrats have left, the ability to slow presidential nominees. In a meeting of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Betsy DeVos' nomination to be Secretary of Education was advanced on a party line vote of 12-11.

Gorsuch's most high-profile opinions have fallen on the conservative side of issues close to the hearts of a majority of Utahns, Hatch said, including defenses of religious liberties and criticism of federal rules and regulations.

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