May 10 2018

VIDEO: Blunt Slams Senate Democrats’ Outrageous Obstruction of President Trump’s Nominees

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the Senate floor to discuss Senate Democrats’ historic obstruction of President Trump’s nominees. Blunt noted that the president’s nominees have faced more than 90 cloture votes, which extend the amount of time it takes to confirm each nominee. In contrast, Blunt pointed out that only 24 cloture votes were taken during the first two years of the previous six presidents combined. Blunt further noted that, given what little amount of post-cloture time is spent debating each nominee, it’s clearly nothing more than a delay tactic to prevent the Senate from doing its work on the big issues facing our nation.

Following are Excerpts from Blunt’s Remarks:

“The fact that the Senate's time is taken in a way that it never has been before to process the president's nominations is outrageous. It is just outrageous. There's some view that, well, we need more time to think about the nominee. There's plenty of time to do that. It's called the committee process. … There's plenty of time to ask them questions. There's plenty of time to look into their background. …

“I think we've been now over 90 of these cloture motions on nominees that the president's made. … Now, what does that mean? In the previous six administrations, in the first two years of each of them, there was a total of 24 cloture motions. … We're going to certainly be to 104 times well before the end of two years, but an average of four times was the floor abused in this way. …

“The power to, of course, to put people on a federal bench for life is an important power given in the Constitution. … It's not a thing to be taken lightly. But it's also not a thing to be abused. It's not a process where the protection that you might use four times in two years is suddenly used 90 times in 15 months. Something is wrong when that has happened to the process. …

“I'd just encourage my colleagues, let's get to work. …  Let's get to the business of the country. This is the greatest country in the history of the world. With the greatest capacity to impact the world than any country in the world. “