Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Setting another dubious precedent for mismanagement.

I do not remember Republicans boycotting committee meetings when the Democrats were in full control of Congress and the Presidency eight years ago.

//Senate Democrats have been failing to attend committee meetings (as a way to stop the confirmation of Trump Cabinet nominees). Hatch is the chair of the Finance Committee where every seat on the Democratic side was empty. Under the "extraordinary circumstances," Hatch allowed a vote to suspend the committee rules so it can get on with the confirmation of Steve Mnuchin (as Secretary of Treasury) and Tom Price (as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services).

The rules had required there to be at least one Democratic Party committee member present for a vote to take place, but, without that rule in the way, Republicans voted unanimously to put Mnuchin and Price through to the full Senate:
"They on their own accord refused to participate in the exercise," Hatch said about the Democrats on the committee. "They have nobody to blame but themselves."

Hatch said the Senate Parliamentarian had approved of the procedural maneuver, and insisted to reporters after the exercise was a "just utilization" of the rules. "This is all approved by the Parliamentarian," he said. "I wouldn't have done it if it hadn't been."...

Hatch chuckled when confronted by questions from reporters about the little notice that the public received about Wednesday's meeting. "You were scrambling? Well, you know, that's neither here nor there," he said.//


4 comments:

mrez said...

Wow...

Anonymous said...

"I do not remember Republicans boycotting committee meetings when the Democrats were in full control of Congress and the Presidency eight years ago."

All I remember of Republicans over the last 8 years was their never ending support for compromise and putting the country ahead of their party. It was like a dream of how a political party should behave. I mean the Dems not supporting what the Republicans want to do is completely out of left field. I can see how the feelings of every Republican must be really hurt buy this.

Anonymous said...

Funny, I thought the dubious precedent was set when the former President nominated a qualified person for the Supreme Court last year. Give me a break. War is war. That's all we have left now.

Peter Bradley said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for once again missing the point.

I didn't chide the left for not cooperating. I didn't expect them to cooperate.

I chided the left for once again pushing the envelope of not cooperating.

But trust you to - 'ow you say - attack a strawman.

See? That's what a strawman is?

 
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