Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is incensed that some of his Democratic colleagues have decided not to show up for cabinet votes on Tuesday. Democrats are boycotting the confirmation votes for HHS nominee Tom Price and Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin.
Orrin Hatch is upset. “I think they ought to stop posturing, and acting like idiots,” he says of the decision to skip today’s markup.
— Ryan Rainey (@ryan_rainey) January 31, 2017
“I’m very disappointed in this kind of crap,” he added. “Let’s not treat people like this.”
Hatch mused that some of the boycotters were avoiding the votes simply because they don’t like the current president.
Reporters are noting how serious the situation must be, because Hatch is considered one of the most “even-tempered” members in the Senate.
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 31, 2017
As a result of the apparent grandstanding, Hatch said he will have to reschedule the votes.