|Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions|
Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees are moving forward through Senate committees today, albeit in a rougher fashion than seen in earlier confirmations.
• Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions was approved this morning on an 11-9 party vote in the Senate Judiciary committee.
The unanimous opposition by committee Democrats seems to signal a lack of trust in Sessions’ ability to apply federal laws uniformly, and concerns about his uneven background on civil rights.
• Senate Finance Committee chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch decided to suspend the committee rules which require the presence of at least one Democrat in order to allow a vote. In doing so, Trump’s nominees Steven Mnuchin (Treasury Secretary) and Rep. Tom Price (Health Secretary) advanced to the Senate floor for a vote by the full Senate.
Senate Democrats had boycotted Mnuchin and Price’s hearings Tuesday saying Price “outright lied to our committee.” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) pointed to a report that indicated Price had received an offer to buy a biomedical stock at a discount, directly contradicting earlier testimony in his confirmation hearing.