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AMAC Agrees – The Senate Needs to Confirm President Trump’s Nominees

senate confirm TrumpAs President Trump approaches the end of his first year in office, his ability to implement his agenda across the executive branch has been hindered by the Senate’s failure to confirm his nominations.

Under unified government, President Trump has still faced a slower pace of confirmations than that of Presidents Bush or Obama, both of whom had nearly half of their nominees confirmed by this time in their respective terms. Specifically, President Bush had 358 of his 610 nominations cleared. President Obama had 341 out of 505 nominations confirmed. Currently, President Trump has only had 161 confirmations of the 398 individuals nominated.

The slow pace of Senate confirmations is exacerbated by the Senate’s continued insistence on working no more than 2 ½ days a week – arriving on Monday evening for a handful of votes, and departing, on average, by 2:30 p.m. each Thursday afternoon.

Previous Senates worked harder. The Reid Senate of 2009 averaged a departure time of 6:15 p.m. every Thursday, and oftentimes stayed as late as 11:30 p.m. to finish their work. In fact, the Reid Senate of 2009-2010 spent nearly 2,500 hours in session, compared to the McConnell Senate of 2015-2016, which spent just 1,855 hours in session.

Also troubling is the Republican insistence that Democrats are “obstructing” votes on these nominations, as claimed in a recent press release from the Senate Majority Leader’s office. It is unclear what obstruction is taking place. Democrats no longer have the ability to filibuster any nominees, judicial or executive. Any simple objections they do make – such as running all post-cloture time – are simply process objections that can be easily overcome.

Moreover, if Democrats are going to insist on all post-cloture time to be run, Majority Leader McConnell can easily make this painful for them by forcing continuous session overnight and through the weekend. If the Senate stayed in session continuously for a week (including the weekend), they could confirm up to five nominees every week even if Democrats made them run the full post-cloture time on each nomination.

Democrats may be able to delay consideration of nominees for a short time, but they ultimately can no longer obstruct. In the absence of the filibuster, the fate of every nominee rests solely with Majority Leader McConnell and the will of the GOP conference to do the necessary work.

Personnel is policy. In delaying the confirmation of President Trump’s appointees, the Senate is directly limiting the President’s effectiveness. This is not only true because positions remain vacant and work is not being accomplished, but because without the direction of Trump’s political appointees, career officials are left unsupervised. As has been documented in many instances, career officials that disagree with the President have taken measures to actively thwart his priorities.

Furthermore, continued delay results in ongoing unanswered partisan attacks designed to tarnish the personal and professional reputations of the president’s nominees. Both Russell Vought, nominated to the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, have been subject to scurrilous attacks by Democratic senators who have attempted to link the faith of Vought and Barrett to their qualification for office. Not only is this an unconstitutional religious test, but such statements subject both Vought and Barrett to unwarranted and offensive criticism to which they cannot give a robust response. Other nominees are being unnecessarily delayed because Republican Senators failed to appear at committee meetings where the nominations were to be voted upon, forcing cancellation of the committee’s action on the nomination.

The Republican Senate should prioritize these nominations and others like them. Vought and Barrett are both immensely qualified for the positions to which they’ve been nominated, and the GOP should confirm them swiftly, not only because of their excellent credentials, but also as a definitive answer to the Democrats who are attempting to place a religious test on appointed office. Deputy Labor Secretary-nominee Patrick Pizzella is highly qualified and yet the GOP has failed to move his nomination. These are just a few of the stories of President Trump’s nominations languishing in the Senate.

The Senate plays a critical Constitutional role in helping the President shape and implement his priorities by passing legislation, but also by confirming the President’s nominations. We urge the Senate to take its role seriously, and act with haste to confirm the individuals that President Trump has selected to assist him in carrying out his mandate.

To that end, the Conservative Movement calls on the Senate leadership to IMMEDIATELY schedule committee and floor action every Thursday and Friday for the foreseeable future to act on President Trump’s nominees for executive and judicial nominees, and to begin working a full week, EVERY week, until all nominations have been acted upon.

The United States Senate behaves as though there are no time limits and no urgency to these matters.   They are wrong and we cannot overstate the frustration and growing concern with the Republican Senate leadership for its failure during this entire year to do its work, process the nominations and address the issues that the American people have elected and pay them to handle.

We urge the Senate to get to work – now.

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The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Former Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan

 

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan

 

The Honorable Tony Perkins

President, Family Research Council

President, Council for National Policy

 

William L. Walton

Chairman

CNP Action, Inc.

 

Adam Brandon

President

FreedomWorks

 

The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio

 

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Chairman

Constitutional Congress, Inc.

 

Herman Pirchner, Jr.

Founding President

American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)

 

The Honorable Jim DeMint

U.S. Senate

Former Member, South Carolina

 

Tom McClusky

President

March for Life Action

 

Ed Corrigan

Former Executive Director

Senate Steering Committee

 

Rachel Bovard

Former Policy Director

Senate Steering Committee

 

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

 

 

David Bozell

President, ForAmerica

 

Alfred S. Regnery

Chairman

Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

 

Diana Banister

President and Partner

Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

Colin A. Hanna

President

Let Freedom Ring

 

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Chief Assistant to President Reagan

for Domestic Affairs

The Honorable David McIntosh

Former Member, Indiana

U.S. House of Representatives

 

L. Brent Bozell, III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

 

The Honorable Donald Devine

Former Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under President Ronald Reagan

 

The Honorable James C. Miller III

Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988, President Reagan’s OMB

 

LTG William G Boykin

US ARMY (R)

Kingdom Warriors Ministry

 

Belden Bell

Cochair Heritage Legacy Society

The Heritage Foundation

Elaine Donnelly

President

Center for Military Readiness

 

Kenneth F. Boehm

Chairman

National Legal and Policy Center

 

James L. Martin

Founder/Chairman

60 Plus Association

 

Seton Motley 

President

Less Government

 

Jenny Beth Martin

President & Co-Founder

Tea Party Patriots

 

Penny Young Nance

CEO and President, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

David N. Bossie

President

Citizens United

 

Anthony Saliba

CEO

Saliba Venture Management LLC

Ginni Thomas

President

Liberty Consulting

 

Rebecca Hagelin

Secretary

Council for National Policy

Brad Dacus, Esq.

President, Pacific Justice Institute

 

L. Martin Nussbaum

Attorney

The Honorable Jason Rapert         

Senator

Arkansas Senate

 

Terrence Scanlon

Retired CEO/President

Capital Research Center

Joseph A. Morris

Morris & De La Rosa

 

William Mills

President, MPW Properties

Andrea S. Lafferty

President

Traditional Values Coalition (TVC)

 

Kelly Shackelford

President/CEO/Chief Counsel

First Liberty Institute

Frank J. Gaffney

President

Center for Security Policy

 

Floyd Brown

Chairman

Western Center for Journalism

 

Mica Mosbacher

Advisor, Trump 2020 Board

 

Ron Robinson

President, Young America’s Foundation

Heather R. Higgins

President and CEO

Independent Women’s Voice

 

Carrie L. Lukas

President

Independent Women’s Forum

Kathleen A. Patten

President & CEO

American Target Advertising, Inc.

 

Rod D. Martin

Founder & CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Sherri R. Martin

Executive Vice President

The Martin Organization, Inc.

 

Haley E. Martin

President

The Martin Foundation

Evelio Silvera

Campaign for the American Future

 

Nicholas Stehle

Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell

National Chaplain, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

 

Jerry Melvin

President

Florida Republican Assembly

Rick Manning

President

Americans for Limited Government

 

Lewis K. Uhler

President

National Tax Limitation Committee

Judson Phillips

Founder

Tea Party Nation

 

Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.

Washington Bureau Chief

Infowars.com

Kevin Freeman

Founder

NSIC Institute

 

Richard A. Viguerie

Chairman

ConservativeHQ

Austin Ruse

President, C-Fam

 

Kay R. Daly

President, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

 

Phil Kerpen

President, American Commitment

Michael J. Bowen

CEO, Coalition For a Strong America

 

Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising, Inc.

 

Tim Macy

Chairman

Gun Owners of America

Sandy Rios

Director of Governmental Affairs

American Family Association

 

Lee Beaman

CEO

Beaman Automotive Group

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.

Board Chair

Institute on Religion and Democracy

           

Tim LeFever

Chairman

Capitol Resource Institute

Donna Hearne

CEO

Constitutional Coalition

 

Mike Spence

Founding President

Conservative Republicans of California

 

Phillip Leo Jauregui

President

Judicial Action Group

 

Nancy Schulze

Founder, Republican Congressional Wives Speakers & Women for Trump Bus

Susan A. Carleson

Chairman/CEO

American Civil Rights Union

 

Anne Schlafly Cori

Chairman

Eagle Forum

 

Ralph A. Rebandt, II

Senior Pastor, Chaplain Oakland Hills Community Church/Michigan Assoication of Chiefs of Police

 

J. Christian Adams

President

Public Interest Legal Foundation

John McCardell

President

America’s Liberty Committee

 

Michael R. Long

State Chairman

NYS Conservative Party

Bob Carlstrom

President

The Carlstrom Group, LLC

 

Dan Weber

Founder and President

Association of Mature American Citizens

 

Sara M. Olson

Senior Vice President

Concerned Women for America

 

Samuel B. Casey

Managing Director & General Counsel

Jubilee Campaign

 

Gerrye Johnston

Founder/CEO

Women for Democracy in America, Inc.

 

Peter Bohlinger

Managing Member

Pacific Apartment Homes, LLC

Willes K. Lee

President, National Federation of

Republican Assemblies

 

William W. Pascoe, III

Managing Partner

Antietam Communications

 

Roxanne Phillips

Member Executive Committee

Council for National Policy

 

Mario Navarro da Costa

Director, Washington Bureau

Tradition, Family, Property

Richard Wright

Owner, R & S LLC

 

Penny Pullen

President, Life Advocacy Resource Project

 

Eunie Smith

President, Eagle Forum

 

Nick Roos

President, Roos Wellness LLC

Joan Lindsey

President, Lindsey Communications

 

Christopher Malagisi

Editor in Chief, Conservative Book Club

Robert K. Fischer

Meeting Coordinator

Conservatives of Faith

 

Lisa Calvert

Christian Speaker and Bible Teacher

Rabon-Calvert Interests

 

Andresen Blom

Executive Director

Grassroot Hawaii Action

 

John F. Tate

President

America’s Liberty PAC

 

Dean Nelson

Chairman

Frederick Douglass Foundation

 

David Martin

Health Care Entrepreneur

Cleveland, Ohio

Randy Page

Chief of Staff, Bob Jones University

 

Jack Park

Conservative Activist and Donor

Quin Hillyer

Veteran Conservative Columnist

Becky Gerritson

President, Wetumpka TEA Party (AL)

 

Catharine Trauernicht

Citizen Activist

Ralph Schmidt

Director, God’s Embrace Ministries

 

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Author

Daughtry & Company

 

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President

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