Historic, Unprecedented and Harmful Obstruction
‘Now, it’s one thing to obstruct to get some outcome. Really these are a collection of futile gestures, not changing the outcome on any of these nominations.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Democratic obstruction of Cabinet nominees:
“Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen an historic level of obstruction from our Democratic colleagues on the President’s Cabinet. Let me say that again – truly historic, unprecedented and harmful obstruction. Pointless obstruction. Now, it’s one thing to obstruct to get some outcome. Really these are a collection of futile gestures, not changing the outcome on any of these nominations.
“They’ve postponed committee meetings as long as they possibly could, they’ve forced unnecessary procedural hurdles, and they’ve even boycotted mark-ups altogether. So as I indicated, to what end? It hasn’t prevented the Senate from moving forward with the confirmation of these nominees. And, by the way, it hasn’t and won’t change the outcome of the election, either which was back in November. I think that’s pretty clearly what this is all about.
“Instead, Democrats’ obstruction has just kept many of our nation’s most critical agencies without a leader for too long – needlessly delaying the President from fully standing up this new administration. And it’s led to what is now the longest it’s taken to confirm most of a President’s Cabinet since George Washington. What a record for our Democratic colleagues to hold.
“But enough is enough. We need to put the rest of the President’s Cabinet into place without further delay. Confirming these well-qualified nominees is what’s best for our country. And my goodness, isn’t that what we should all want?”
Related Issues: Senate Democrats, Nominations