‘Historic’ Obstruction On Nominations

FLASHBACK – SEN. SCHUMER: ‘Who In America Doesn't Think A President, Democrat Or Republican, Deserves His Or Her Picks For Who Should Run The Agencies? Nobody’

SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “This [Democrat obstruction] is not about changing an outcome; it’s about wasting time to make it more difficult for the President to make appointments.  … I urge the minority to think critically about the consequences for the Senate and our country if they allow this near-total obstruction to continue.” (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 7/11/2017)

WALL STREET JOURNAL: “Senate Democrats are abusing Senate rules to undermine the executive branch... Democrats aren’t using cloture to raise the level of debate or highlight unqualified nominees. They are using it—and have said as much—to sabotage a Presidency.” (Editorial, “Running The Schumer Blockade,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/10/17)

  • “Democratic obstruction against nominees is nearly total, most notably including a demand for cloture filings for every nominee—no matter how minor the position. This means a two-day waiting period and then another 30 hours of debate. The 30-hour rule means Mr. Trump might not be able to fill all of those … positions in four years.” (Editorial, “Running The Schumer Blockade,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/10/17)

At The Dems Current Glacial Pace, It Will Take More Than 11 Years To Staff The Executive Branch

2016 PLUM BOOK: Positions Subject to Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation (PAS) – Total: 1242 (Senate Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs, “Policy And Supporting Positions” [Or Plum Book], Pg.216, 12/1/2016)

  • As of July 11, 2017 the Senate has confirmed people to 49 PAS positions, and 30 required cloture votes
  • 1193 PAS positions therefore remain empty

Under The Current Scenario: In the 173 days since January 20, 2017, the Senate has confirmed 49 PAS nominations, or one every 3.5 days.  At a similar rate of 3.5 days per nominee it would take 11.4 years (4,175 days) to fill the remaining 1193 PAS positions listed in the Plum Book. 

Senate Dems Are Following The Lead Of Former Reid & Schumer Staffers: ‘We’ll Never Reach A Point Where We Say, “OK, That’s Enough”’

“Democrats at the Center for American Progress estimate that President Trump still has upwards of 900 second- and third-tier appointees to push through the Senate. And in the liberal think tank’s new ‘war room,’ the objective is to scrutinize each one… to tie up floor time…” (“Democratic War Room Expands With Plans To Scrutinize Hundreds And Hundreds Of Trump Appointees,” BuzzFeed News, 3/02/2017)

PREVIOUSLY: Democrats Slowed Cabinet Confirmations ‘To A Historic Degree’

“Senate Democrats … are slow-walking the installation of Trump’s Cabinet to a historic degree…” (“‘The Senate Is Coming Apart,’” Politico, 2/5/2017)


SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “Who in America doesn't think a president, Democrat or Republican, deserves his or her picks for who should run the agencies? Nobody. (Sen. Schumer, Press Conference, 11/21/13)


Related Issues: Nominations, Restoring the Senate, Senate Democrats