Senate To Consider More Qualified Nominees This Week
‘Qualified nominees stand ready. But Senate Democrats are using the procedural playbook to obstruct and delay… I’ll have more to say on these partisan tactics in the coming days. For now, let me make one thing clear -- the Senate’s work week will not end until all of these amply-qualified nominees are confirmed.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president’s nominees:
“This week, the Senate will turn to one of our most important constitutional responsibilities -- the personnel business. We have a number of nominees to consider in the next several days.
“First is Claria Horn Boom, President Trump’s pick to serve as the federal district judge for both the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. Through her work in both the public and private sectors, Ms. Boom has distinguished herself as a problem-solver -- a trusted advisor to her clients and her community.
“Letters in support of her nomination share a theme: Ms. Boom has the skills and experiences to excel as a district judge. ‘High standards, ample preparation, and a fierce intellect.’
“‘Unfailingly thoughtful, gracious, and diligent.’ These are just some of the ways Ms. Boom is described by those she served and worked with in Kentucky.
“The Judiciary committee came to the same conclusion, advancing her nomination by voice vote. So later today, the full Senate will vote to advance this talented and noncontroversial nominee. And then I hope we will be able to quickly confirm her.
“Then, in the coming days, we will consider several more judges and important nominees for the Department of Labor, the EPA, and the National Labor Relations Board. These and many other important positions remain vacant, nearly a year and a half into the Trump administration.
“Qualified nominees stand ready. But Senate Democrats are using the procedural playbook to obstruct and delay. In many cases, for example, they’re insisting the Senate exhaust post-cloture time even on unobjectionable district court nominees who have gone on to overwhelming confirmation votes -- like Walter Counts, who was confirmed 96-0, or Karen Gren Scholer, who was confirmed 95-0.
“I’ll have more to say on these partisan tactics in the coming days. For now, let me make one thing clear -- the Senate’s work week will not end until all of these amply-qualified nominees are confirmed.”
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