McConnell Remarks on the Nomination of Dr. Janet Yellen
‘I’ll be voting to confirm Dr. Yellen today. I look forward to working together on pro-growth policies that can help rebuild the thriving economy for American workers that was in place just one year ago.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations:
“This afternoon, the Senate will confirm Dr. Janet Yellen, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, to serve as President Biden’s Secretary of the Treasury.
“Her speedy confirmation will contrast sharply with the way the Senate Democratic minority handled many of the last President’s key cabinet nominations four years ago.
“Secretary Mnuchin had to sit through a stunt where Senate Democrats literally boycotted his committee hearing. He was not confirmed until mid-February.
“Dr. Yellen came out of committee on a unanimous vote and will be getting to work five days after the inauguration. That’s even faster than Secretary Geithner’s confirmation in 2009 in the teeth of a financial crisis.
“This certainly isn’t because Dr. Yellen’s or President Biden’s economic policy views have unanimous support in the Senate. I expect we’ll have no shortage of spirited policy discussions with Dr. Yellen in the months ahead — especially if some Democrats keep trying to use this historic emergency as a pretext to push through permanent far-left policy changes.
“The fifty Senators on our side have great confidence in our pro-job, pro-worker vision that helped build the greatest job market in living memory.
“But the simple fact is that, when the American people elect a president, and when that president selects qualified and mainstream people for key posts, the whole nation deserves for them to be able to assemble their team.
“I’ll be voting to confirm Dr. Yellen today. I look forward to working together on pro-growth policies that can help rebuild the thriving economy for American workers that was in place just one year ago.”
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