A coalition of ranking Senate Democrats will assemble to ensure that several of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees do not have an easy time getting confirmed for their high-level appointments, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer confirmed on Sunday.
Schumer warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that eight Trump nominees would face increased scrutiny.
These include: Rex Tillerson for secretary of state; Jeff Sessions for attorney general; Mick Mulvaney for director of the Office of Management and Budget; Betsy DeVos for education secretary; Tom Price for health and human services secretary; Andrew Pudzer for labor secretary; Steve Mnuchin for treasury secretary; and Scott Pruitt for head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
In a statement, Schumer insisted that Republicans would not be able to benefit from “a series of rushed, truncated hearings before Inauguration Day” in order to usher in the president-elect’s cabinet picks.
“If Republicans think they can quickly jam through a whole slate of nominees without a fair hearing process, they’re sorely mistaken,” Schumer added, criticizing Trump for “attempting to fill his rigged cabinet with nominees that would break key campaign promises and have made billions off the industries they’d be tasked with regulating.”
Under Schumer’s watch, nominees would have at least two hearings before they can be confirmed, and no more than two nominees could have hearings in the same week, an apparent attempt to pad out the decision-making process over weeks and months.