The Senate Finance Committee voted Wednesday to advance the nominations of President Trump’s designated Treasury and Health and Human Services secretaries, despite an ongoing boycott of the vote by Democrats on the panel.
The committee voted 14-0 to confirm Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as Trump’s Health and Human Services head and Steve Mnuchin as his Treasury chief, sending their nominations to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
No Democrats showed up for the votes for a second consecutive day, as part of a continued effort to derail the confirmation process.
But Republican on the panel changed the rules that had required Democrats to be present for quorum.
No Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee showed up for the vote on Steve Mnuchin and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for the second day in a row.
The Republican members then approved Mnuchin and Price unanimously.
On Tuesday, Democratic senators had successfully boycotted the group’s scheduled confirmation votes for the pair of Trump’s nominees, as Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the highest-ranking Democrat on the committee, demanded more information on Price’s alleged insider trading in health industry stocks and on Mnuchin’s’ behavior involving foreclosures when he was a banker.
Later Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Trump’s Attorney General nominee, Sen. Jeff Session (R-Ala.).
Steve Mnuchin received approval from the Senate Finance Committee despite his failure to reveal nearly $ 100 million in assets.
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
The vote on his nomination that had been scheduled for Tuesday was also been delayed after Democrats used an obscure Senate rule to delay it.
Trump’s cabinet picks have received renewed opposition after the new commander-in-chief signed executive orders to temporarily ban visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations and indefinitely suspend the Syrian refugee resettlement program.
But Sessions said Tuesday that he had no role in helping the White House draft the executive order.
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