Despite Democrat Obstruction, Senate Continues To Confirm Qualified Nominees
‘I would like to thank each of these nominees for their willingness to serve our nation. They are each well-qualified and suited for their role. I look forward to the Senate confirming them soon.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president’s nominees:
“Earlier this week, I filed cloture motions on four qualified nominees for various agencies throughout the federal government. I shouldn’t have had to. In different times, we may have even considered them via voice vote. But this is where we are, and now it’s time to advance and confirm them as soon as possible.
“Later this morning, the Senate will consider Eric Hargan to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. As the people of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to recover from a series of devastating hurricanes, Mr. Hargan’s expertise in disaster response and public health will help the Department respond to these crises. I look forward to confirming Mr. Hargan soon so he can help coordinate multiple agencies under his supervision to respond to the hurricanes, deliver relief, and help save lives.
“After that, this afternoon we will take up the nomination of Mr. Randal Quarles, the president’s nominee to help oversee the Federal Reserve System. Mr. Quarles brings with him both domestic and international financial experience from multiple administrations, and he will be a strong guide for our nation’s monetary policy. We also intend to confirm Mr. Quarles to the position of Vice Chair for Supervision; this is an essential role, created by Dodd-Frank, and it is critical that Mr. Quarles begin this work over at the Fed.
“Tomorrow, the Senate will confirm Lee Francis Cissna to be the Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Mr. Cissna has a wealth of experience in immigration policy — serving in senior policy positions in both the Bush and Obama administrations, and then working for the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was voted out of committee with bipartisan support, and I look forward to his confirmation to this important role.
“And then, we will consider Mrs. Callista Gingrich, whom the president has nominated to be our nation’s Ambassador to the Holy See. Mrs. Gingrich’s work will continue the strong relationship between our nation and the Vatican, building upon shared values, goals, and global responsibilities. I would like to thank each of these nominees for their willingness to serve our nation. They are each well-qualified and suited for their role. I look forward to the Senate confirming them soon.”
Related Issues: Senate Democrats, Nominations