Senate Republicans are prepared to “go nuclear” against their Democratic colleagues and amend congressional rules to approve a slate of President Trump’s political appointments; vowing to end a “partisan debacle” that has derailed the nomination process.
“It’s time to end this partisan spectacle. We have 78 more nominees for various jobs who’ve made it through their committee hearings and are waiting for a vote on this floor,” said Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming. “Most of these people have bipartisan support, they can be confirmed easily.”
“It’s time to return to the rules for debating nominations that the Senate used four years ago … Democrats controlled the Senate at the time – and a Democrat was making the nominations, that was President Obama,” Barrasso added.
The GOP leadership is considering changing procedural rules that allow for “30 hours” of “Senate discussions” for every single political appointee; effectively allowing a handful of Democrats to disrupt the entire process and delay the process for months.