WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press
conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) discussed the increased pace at
which the Senate has confirmed President Trump’s nominees after the Senate
voted to implement rules changes to cut through Democrat obstruction.
In April, the Senate voted to implement rules
changes in line with the goals of S. Res. 50
, which Blunt and U.S.
Senator James Lankford (Okla.) introduced to reduce the 30 hours of
post-cloture debate time to two hours for most nominees.
Are Blunt’s Remarks:
since we changed the rules to confirm people, we are beginning to populate the
government again as people expect a new administration to be able to do, even
though we’re in the third year of that new administration.
the two weeks before we changed the rules, we were focused on nominations and
confirmed four people. In the three weeks since we changed the rules, by the
end of this week, we will have confirmed 24 people.
things like the Equal [Employment] Opportunity Commission, the EXIM Bank,
deputy secretaries in various departments are finally, two years late, being
put in place because the abuse of the rules that had been occurring for two
years has now ended, and you can see the results of that.”