Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Sunday that Republicans in his chamber would confirm all of President Trump’s remaining Cabinet nominees, even though the GOP has struggled to overcome Democratic roadblocks and confirmed only two nominees so far.
“I’m optimistic we’ll get every member of the Cabinet,” McConnell said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” “I’m confident we will, yes.”
Washington Examiner reports,
McConnell criticized Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for stalling the confirmation process. Schumer has called Trump’s slate of nominees a “swamp Cabinet” and called on Senate Democrats to vet them more thoroughly.
But McConnell noted that Senate Republicans allowed their colleagues to confirm seven of Barack Obama’s nominees on the day of his inauguration.
Republicans have raised specific objections to the delay of Rep. Mike Pompeo’s confirmation to become CIA director, arguing the delay has left the intelligence agency with a dangerous vacancy in the new administration.
McConnell said the Senate’s first priority would likely be voting to confirm Trump’s Cabinet and, ultimately, his Supreme Court nominee.
But the upper chamber would also focus on “comprehensive tax reform,” which will start in the House, and an Obamacare replacement plan, McConnell added.
The Senate majority leader said the healthcare law would need fixing no matter who was in the White House, citing its deep unpopularity across the country.
“Eight out of 10 Americans … want it dramatically changed or entirely changed,” McConnell said. “The status quo is not an option.”
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