In a bold move, GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch made the move to sidestep Democrats by suspending committee rules on the number of members required to vote.
The rule requires at least one Democrat be present for a vote, hence, rules were lifted and the committee advanced the nominations to the floor.
Democrats made a decision to boycott the vote and Hatch called it “the most pathetic thing.”
Hatch said, “We took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues. They should be ashamed.”
Every Republican member of the committee was present and voting, going over the one-third requirement for a quorum.
Mnuchin and Price have no problem getting the required majority needed for confirmation because Republicans have 52 senators and Democrats have 48.
Hatch said, “The only thing missing was a member from the minority side, but, as I noted, they, on their own accord, refused to participate in this exercise.”
Now, a developing story is that the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday, voted in favor of Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions to become U.S. attorney general, sending his nomination to a final chamber vote.
I believe Sessions will be nominated with or without the Democrats.
I guess the Democrats can boycott whatever they like. We don’t need them. I feel like they don’t really don’t like to work anyways.