Senate GOP suspends rules, advances Trump picks without Democrats

Republicans who lead a key Senate panel suspended their own rules Wednesday and advanced President Trump’s picks to lead the Treasury and Health and Human Services departments unilaterally, saying they had no choice after Democrats boycotted committee votes for a second day in a row.

The Senate Finance Committee advanced Steven Mnuchin to lead Treasury and Rep. Tom Price as health secretary on a pair of 14-0 votes without any Democrats present.

The votes were supposed to occur on Tuesday. Yet Democrats derailed the markup by refusing to show up, which meant the panel didn’t have the quorum needed to do business. At least one Democrat must be present.

They failed to show for the rescheduled markup early Wednesday, leading to the rule change.

“They have nobody to blame but themselves,” Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, said.

115 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jim Baum says:

    Finally The peoples business is getting done at long last. Let them stay away and the nuke option will go into full force. The democratic party will continue it’s long slow slide. Into the has been party, with a bleak winter of discontent for it’s future.

  • AKLady says:

    Oran Hatch is a Mormon.
    The Mormon religion closely echoes the beliefs and rules of Islam

  • AKLady says:

    If you have not realized it yet, there is a dictator in the White House.
    Government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich

  • The Redhawk says:

    It is FINALLY HERE, Thank you PRESIDENT TRUMP.for yOUR LEADERSHIP!!!!!..THe Wishy washy OLD GOP farts finally have begun to fight with BARE KNUCKLES after getting BEAT up by the Nazi THUGS (D) for YEARS!

  • Shelly Shannon says:

    Cry baby democrats. Takes alot of gaul to be sitting without a Secretary of the Treasury. Just goes to show you that these Democrats couldn’t care less about the American people, and that includes all you liberals too. This boycott was selfish and totally unexceptable. Congrats to all the republicans that had the guts and the sense to put these liberal elites in their place. Like Obama said “the Republicans can come along for the ride, but they have to sit in the back”. Well, look who ended up sitting in the back this time.

  • maxx says:

    Wow, I have to apologize to Hatch. I criticized him earlier since he normally acts like a Rino but maybe the election of Trump has scared him into understanding that Rinos will all be in the crosshairs in 2018. Not only that but he really should retire. In Congress way too long.

  • barbarakelly says:


  • Janis Love says:

    I admit I am enjoying this immensely. If the Democrats want to refuse to do their job, think they can play this BS, then they get overridden. I will now look forward to tomorrow, never know what’s going to happen.

  • AKLady says:

    Brake the rules.
    Violate the law.
    That is what Drump has done everyday he has been in office.

    1. Pete says:

      Sweet Cheeks, Your in never never land again. After eight years of a anti Christian, Muslim friendly federal government under B H Obama the American people have had it!! That’s it, over, done with, not any more progressive socialism ever again. Trump may not do everything needed to get this country going again but he has made a darn good start in the short time he has been in office. Get a grip for gosh sake your sounding a bit loony.

      1. AKLady says:

        The word “your” is a personal pronoun.
        It is not a contraction for the words “you are”.
        If you are going to criticize Americans,
        at least learn our language.

        1. Pete says:

          Bunched undies again, it would seem.

          1. AKLady says:

            Get a grip for gosh sake your sounding a bit loony, as well as ignorant.

          2. Anouk says:

            You do not belong to this great country. Just move to Venezuela and wait on line for a roll of toilet paper and a loaf of bread.
            If you hate America just get out of here. We won’t miss you.

  • Mort Leith says:

    Typical spoiled little brats who HATE our country and refuse to SERVE The People ! !

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    Democrats are not Patriots, ….not anymore!

  • Bill Smith says:

    Necular Option on evreything! Git it done! Pour it to the Stupid Democrats!!

  • WRBuchanan says:

    Ditto on the Kudos.

    Time to reject the Democratic Party as the Party of Communists!

    Was sick of the Progressive Agenda being rammed down our throats by Bama , Reid and Batshit Pelosi and really sick of the Protests and Whining now that it is all being reversed.

    I consider these people to be traitors to the this Country and the American people!

    Get on board with the rejection of this crap! Slavery is your other option.

    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      Feminists Are Useful Idiots, And Doomed. Video

      Feminists and other leftists are useful idiots who serve only to destabilise the society. When the goal is reached, they will be “lined up against the wall”

      1984 interview with a former KGB agent and Soviet diplomat, Yuri Bezmenov.

  • dennis w says:

    Republicans in the states that have democrats up for re-election in 2018 should start campaigning right NOW….

    pick a good candidate and start promoting them NOW……

    START NOW…….keep these communists in the limelight they love…..notify AMERICAN voters of their votes as they happen and don’t let the AMERICAN VOTERS “FORGET” about their votes against our beloved AMERICA…….


    he’s already registered to run in 2020……..
    doing this…he stopped a lot of BS the dems can no longer start against him…
    something to do with SUPER PACS……..


    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      Carrot Top could run against Schumer and win.

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    well they still didn’t learn , when your in trouble stop digging , but like oboma , to stupid to stop digging , , but that’s good because their digging their own graves now

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    it’s about time , now fine them for each day they don’t show up for work,or better yet fire them like trump would do

  • Luke says:

    Remember, Nov 2018, vote these childish liberals out, they’re not mature enough to represent this country, there’s too much at stake especially with our enemies thinking that Trump is like the buffoon obuma..

  • William Merrell says:

    About time. If they don’t want to play ball under the rules adjust the rules to count them out.

  • ONTIME says:

    Long time since I have seen Hatch act like a man against his lib buddies but it was welcome, he must be in touch with the real R’s for a change…..More of these elite clods need to stand up for the R’s platform and stop crossing that barbwire fence…knowing they are elected not anointed and who they work for is important, especially if you want to keep your plush political job…..

    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      Hatch is a hack RINO that voted for Hillary.

  • Knowledge Transfer says:


  • Lkfeinb says:

    We officially have a dictatorship and the dictator is Bannon.

    1. Pete says:

      Just undoing Barry’s bungling.

  • egalicki says:

    I can’t believe an elected office office holder actually did something to get things done – pink slips anyone? or did they have a doctor’s note?

  • David Stewart says:

    Yep, the Republic cannot function with Commiecrats interferring; gonna have to simply exclude them in everything.

    1. dennis w says:


  • Peatro Giorgio says:

    Democrats ! Remember well : Your words of 8 years ago ! We won the election ! Elections have consequences ! If you Republicans wish to join in with us to help advance our policies, your welcome to do so. If not then sit down & shut up ! We won & don’t need your help.” Remember dumbo-rats?? ” You all had thought it slick,cool, brilliant, good,Just & right. Well the rolls are now reversed ! How does it feel now ?? Don’t you all wish you had never permitted the lying politically corrupt dirt bag Harry the thief Reid to inject the nuclear option???? Well don’t you?? ” Punk” . No we don’t’ need your help; But we would like your help; your honest em-put, but we don’t need it. You the Lying ,thieving , hate filled, bigoted, racist, scumbag lunatic left demo-rats. You all steam rolled everyone over,in order to shove down the throats of the American public,The lunatic left fringe policies.That very carp, which is destroying our nation. The very same crap that more nearly 3/4 of the American people did not want & more then 57% still do not want !
    New Flash Republicans won ! Now : You all have a choice, either join in with us, or sit the hell down & shut the F Up. Your all irrelevant. Notice the committee chairmen have guided their membership to vote 4 A rule change. Leaving you lunatics with no options & the Republican majority no longer needing your help . Rules have consequences & rules can be changed. The nuclear option is at hand. Play nice & maybe; just maybe you wont lose more sits in the house, senate, governorship, state legislator sits, Mayoral positions.Town or city consul memberships. Further driving your lunatic fringe party into the irrelevancy of the oblivion.

    1. AKLady says:

      Sewer language, so very childish,

      1. Peatro Giorgio says:

        Just following the very exsamples of the demo-rat leadership. Who you all chose.

        1. AKLady says:

          Why do you need to tell this lie?
          Why do you embarrass America this way?
          Why do you believe it is acceptable to lie?
          Why do you believe it is acceptable to repeat lies?

          1. Peatro Giorgio says:

            Just Following the very exsamples of the Demo-rat leadership. Who you all chose.

          2. AKLady says:

            If you are going to insult America, maybe you shoul dat least learn how to correctly write her language.

          3. Peatro Giorgio says:

            You may wish to follow your very own advice. O & please stop using your dyslexia victim hood excuse. EDITING, EDITING & EDIT either avoids or elminates most if not ALL GRAMMATICAL & or PUNCTUATION ERRORS.
            To quote from your last posting.
            ( maybe you shoul dat least)
            What the hell is shoul dat ??????

          4. mrpoohead says:

            Pot, kettle – by comparison you are considerably the worst. If you are a representation of the education system of the US then no wonder the nation needs to import folk just to clean the pool.

          5. Peatro Giorgio says:

            Your correct: America certainly has no further need for more Prodestant Irish British Ass clowns such as Yourself.

          6. mrpoohead says:

            Then who’d be working in the Irish bars in NY and Chicago? Best get the Duck to ban them for being mad or something?

          7. Peatro Giorgio says:

            The same Irish Catholics :Who serve as Honorable Policemen ,Firemen & Emergency management personal. THATS WHO ;YOU PRODESTANT IRISH BRITISH ASS Clown .Hell the Irish Catholics hate You lying thieving scumbag Prodestant Irish British Bastards JUST AS Much as the rest of the world does.

          8. mrpoohead says:

            What is “Prodestant”? Plenty of “illegal” Irish in the bars – duh!

            Southern Ireland – full of Catholics. Borders always open, work included. If Irish work in UK for two years they can claim citizenship. The animosity is in your head. Duh!

            Northern Ireland – Southern Irish don’t want them British are stuck with them. Bonkers!

            Education – it’s a wonderful thing. Not interested in religion – it’s made up drivel to keep the retarded poor and under control. That’ll be you then.

          9. mrpoohead says:

            I’ve got it – “Prodestant”; it’s a cattle prod user. Suggest you use it on self, doubt it’ll have much effect but may knock some sense into that thing inside your head. Fingers-crossed!

          10. AKLady says:

            Thank you.
            Your input is always welcome
            It says so much about you.

  • Jean Langford M. says:


    1. dennis w says:

      KARMA IS A ‘BITCH’…………………

      1. Jean Langford M. says:


      2. AKLady says:

        Government of corporations, by corporations, for corporations
        How quickly the right forgets.

    2. AKLady says:

      More sewer language.
      Government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich …
      How quickly you forget its consequences, two wars, 288% debt increases, more war …

      1. Jean Langford M. says:


      2. Jean Langford M. says:


        1. AKLady says:

          More sewer language.

          1. Jean Langford M. says:


  • rannan3 says:

    High time Republicans use the power they were given ! Allowing Democrats to hold the process hostage to their political games is ridiculous.

    1. Ramon1710 . says:

      You don’t show up for work in private business, you get fired.
      I’d like to see that happen here. The marxists deserve it.

      1. maxx says:

        I second that !!

      2. AKLady says:

        You elect them
        You can recall them, well if your state law allows it.

    2. BradleyHill says:

      They will pander to their base, twisting what really happened in their favor to keep their jobs.

      1. AKLady says:

        You are their base.

    3. AKLady says:

      Government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich

  • Webb says:

    The next four years will be a Dog and Pony Show…Progressives are looking for Revenge from the Election!
    As a Conservative I think Garland should have had a hearing…Republicans could have Voted No…
    Hey, if you choose not to show up to vote on mark up for an appointee…Tough!
    Move On…Progressives view of America is Government Knows Best…No!

    1. mountie says:

      I understand your thought process but when they know that they are not going to confirm him I think it is just wasting the taxpayers money when they could be doing something constructive.

      1. Lkfeinb says:

        2 billion dollars it cost us when the Republicans shut down the government

        1. mountie says:

          Every government shutdown was the result of the democratic president not signing the passed bills. I spent 37 years in the executive branch and can guarantee that this is what actually happened. The liberal press just blames it on the GOP.

  • Jena Smith says:

    It’s about time!. Steamroll ’em. They are a bunch of whiney wussies

    1. AKLady says:

      .Government of corporations, by corporations, for corporations

  • goldie says:

    Now let’s get Sen. Jeff Sessions in the AG position. Pronto!

    1. dennis w says:

      LET’S ROLL………………….

      1. BradleyHill says:

        Maybe, but as Obama once said; they meaning the Republican’s sit in the back.

        NOT this time though. The reserve seating signs read Democrat. RLOL

        1. maxx says:

          Harry Reid changed the rules whenever he did not have 60 votes so it’s just fair to do that to them. But listen to them squeal when they get a taste of their own medicine. I love it.

          1. AKLady says:

            Sorry, maxx, but it is being done to you, to America,

        2. AKLady says:

          These people are supposed to represent America.
          All of America,
          However, as is evident from the top man, they are rick enough to thumb their noses, not just at you, but the Constitution as well.

      2. AKLady says:

        You might be the fist to fall off the wagon.
        The man is a bought and paid for at they come

    2. AKLady says:

      Alabama bigot session is rotten to the core.
      You don’t want him anywhere in Washington

      1. goldie says:

        What I really don’t want is your opinion.

        1. AKLady says:

          Fact is not opinion.
          You might want to look at his history.
          Oh, and he is my cousin.

  • Rodzzz says:

    Bravo Republicans!!! If the democrats refuse to participate in our government, then they have no business holding office. They should all go home. Quit paying them.

    1. jsa says:

      unpaid leave of absence

    2. maxx says:

      Charge them with dereliction of duty and assume their vote action was
      “abstained” which is not treated as a “no” vote. More than one way to skin a democ Rat.

    3. AKLady says:


      1. Retired says:

        AK is our biggest Hypocrite Troll .

    4. AKLady says:

      Government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich
      They don’t even lie about it anymore

      Democrat/Republican .. there is no difference.

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    Per Chuckles Schumer “They wouldn’t dare vote without us. We’re too important.”

    1. dennis w says:

      who writes his ‘material’…..
      they should be FIRED………………..

    2. Jim says:

      Yeah. Really impotent, er, uh, important

  • LEO Wolverine says:

    Kudos to Senator Orin Hatch!

    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      Finally, Senator Orin Hatch, the RINO, delayed as long as he could.

      1. AKLady says:

        Hatch is a hypocrite.
        Hatch is a bigot.
        Hatch is a Moron from Utah.

        1. Retired says:

          Sounds like AK the Troll is talking about herself again.

          1. The Redhawk says:

            WHERE is that TURD??? Watch where you walk…land mines

          2. Retired says:

            Oh , she is here using a different name with a different script until she is found out and can not handle it any more . Then she switches back .

          3. The Redhawk says:

            BUT the STINK gives Her away..Right?

          4. AKLady says:

            You are aware that Hatch is Mormon, right?
            You are familiar with the fact that Mormons support and practice polygamy, aren’t you?
            You are aware that many Mormon beliefs echo Islam, are you not?

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          1. The Redhawk says:

            oH yeah.. New Name same TURD

      3. The Redhawk says:

        OH the day before I thought he was GOING to cRY !!!

    2. The Redhawk says:

      YES he came OUT of the Coma he was Under the day BEFORE ” i call my friends” ” I always liked Leahy” BS

  • Patriot47 says:

    Y’all been “dirty-harry’d”!

  • Stephen Howe says:

    NOW that’s ENTERTAINMENT, folks!

    1. BradleyHill says:

      I think so, too!

  • James Maxwell says:

    The Socialist Democrats started this and now they are the ones suffering
    from it because of their own ignorance and whiney attitudes. Donald J.
    Trumps Cabinet will be fully staffed and proceed to clean up the disaster
    of the past 8 Years. As the economy begins to grow and prosper, a return
    to law and order and our National Security is improved as well as our
    relationships around the world with our Allies and even our enemies.
    Come election time their voters will remember who sold them down the
    river and who built the economy without them.

    1. dennis w says:

      WE THE PEOPLE…….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. AKLady says:

        Only if you are very rich.
        Haven’t you figured that out yet?
        Allies? Trump has insulted most of them.
        Relationship around the world? Trump has already killed those.
        Yes, voters will remember this mistake for a very long time.
        The Fourth Reich is up and operating.

    2. maxx says:

      All that makes sense to me but to the low information democrats they will never learn or change. That’s okay thought because Trump helped to add tens of thousands of young new conservative voters to the rolls.

      1. AKLady says:

        Government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich

    3. AKLady says:

      Government of corporations, by corporations, for corporations

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