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Blunt Touts Faster Confirmation Process for Trump Nominees Following Rules Change

May 07, 2019

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. 

Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:

“Well, 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.  

“In 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.  

“And 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.”

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