Senate Democrats deployed a dramatic 11th hour maneuver to deny committee votes of two of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks Tuesday, arguing that those nominees had lied to them.
Senators were set to vote on Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and Steve Mnuchin to lead the Treasury Department.
By not showing up for the votes, Democrats denied Republicans the quorum they needed to move forward to confirmation. At least one Democrat needs to be present for the vote to happen.
Senate Republicans were outraged, throwing their plans to quickly confirm Trump’s nominees into disarray.
“This is one of the most alarming things I’ve seen in my 40 years in the U.S. Senate,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in the Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday. “There isn’t a fellow on the other side I do not care for. Normally they’re very honorable and decent people. That’s why it’s so shocking to me that they’re not here when we’ve given them every opportunity to be here. … That’s not only ridiculous, it’s offensive.”
“I think they ought to stop posturing and acting like idiots,” he added. “Stop holding news conferences and come here and express yourself here and vote one way or the other.”
Or maybe instead Orrin Hatch should actually care about the future of democracy in the United States. But who am I kidding.