With confirmation votes set to take place for a number of President Donald Trump‘s cabinet picks, Democrats in the U.S. Senate are reportedly preparing to boycott the proceedings for at least a couple of nominees. According to MSNBC, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee plan to refuse to vote on Steven Mnuchin, the pick for Secretary of the Treasury, and Tom Price the current Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee.
The reason for holding off on the vote is reportedly that Senators believe that Mnuchin and Price have not been completely truthful during their hearings, and they want to get more information by speaking to them again, and performing further investigation. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio said that Mnuchin and Price should each go back before the committee, “clarify what they lied about,” apologize for it, and give the truth.
According to MSNBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, while Democrats don’t have the numbers to necessarily vote down these nominees, they do have enough to prevent the committee from having a quorum, which is required to conduct a vote.
Update – 12:16 E.T.: GOP has been forced to delay confirmations. For more, read here.
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