Recently I decided to see where the confirmation of President Trump’s nominees stood in the Senate.
To say I am furious is not even close.
There are a lot of nominees who have been placed on dockets for committees to review and pass over to the main body for approval since February 2017. Many appointees have languished waiting to be confirmed WHILE THE SENATE HAS BEEN BUSY DOING VERY LITTLE BUT COMPLAIN.
A closer look at those sent to committees:
Privileged Nominations Pending – 4
Agriculture, Nutrition, Forestry – 2
Armed Services – 2
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – 5
Budget – 1
Commerce, Science, Transportation – 5
Energy and Natural Resources – 5
Environment and Public Works – 1
Finance – 8
Foreign Relations (includes ambassadors) – 14
Homeland Security and Government Affairs – 6
Health, Education, Labor, Pensions – 3
Select Committee on Intelligence – 1
Judiciary – 14
Nominations Confirmed Since February
Department of State – 7
United Nations – 1
Department of Defense – 5
Department of Justice – 4
Department of Foreign Service – 8
Department of Transportation – 2
Executive Office of President – 2
Department of Health and Human Services – 3
Securities and Exchange Commission – 1
Department of Labor – 1
Department of Agriculture – 1
Supreme Court of the United States – 1
Department of Homeland Security – 2
Central Intelligence Agency – 1
United States Sentencing Commission – 2
Department of Housing and Urban Development – 1
Department of Energy – 1
Department of the Interior – 1
Department of Commerce – 1
Environmental Protection Agency – 1
Small Business Administration – 1
Department of the Treasury – 1
Department of Veterans Affairs – 1
Department of Education – 1
I couldn’t find 40 or so names listed in the White House memos that ever were assigned a PN, or sent to committee.
Let’s look at the rolls of the worst offending committees:
Foreign Relations – Chairman-Bob Corker, Ranking Member-Ben Cardin, Majority-James E. Risch, Minority-Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio, Jeanne Shaheen, Ron Johnson, Christopher Coons, Jeff Flake, Tom Udall, Cory Gardner, Chris Murphy, Todd Young, Tim Kaine, John Barrasso, Edward J. Markey, Johnny Isakson, Jeff Merkley, Rob Portman, Cory Booker, Rand Paul
Judiciary – Chairman-Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member-Senator Dianne Feinstein, Majority-Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Minority-Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator John Cornyn, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Michael S. Lee, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Al Franken, Senator Ben Sasse, Senator Christopher A. Coons, Senator Jeff Flake, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Mike Crapo, Senator Mazie Hirono, Senator Thom Tillis, Senator John Kennedy
Many of these people have been plastered all over the fake news channels and ranting about Trump’s ineffectiveness. Well, here it is in black and white how “effective” these senators are at their own jobs.
Several of the foreign relations hold ups are for ambassador posts vacant since January 20th that are extremely important in foreign countries as liaisons with their governments.
If you recognize any senators from your district or simply want to get a lick in at these people, I suggest a short email from everyone flooding their accounts “might” spur them on to get their jobs done asap…or use letters to editors in media…or blistering blogs….
Congress seems to be deliberately throwing up roadblocks and obstructing government process that serves not our country but their own imbecilic selfish needs. If they really wanted to prove to citizens that they had the welfare of the country at heart, a lot of this nonsense would be done and they could point and say “Look at all we voted on and how we worked for the country as responsible adults and representatives of our districts”…but they can’t and as obstructionists would rather Destroy Our Country than let President Trump do his job and pass or fail on his own merits not their petty contrived complaints.
May a flock of buzzards with full cargo circle around and drop their stinky loads on their heads. It is the least they deserve for their efforts.