FACT CHECK: Murphy Claims GOP Responsible for Trump Cabinet DelaysMarch 3, 2017
To borrow a term from PolitiFact, this is a "Pants on Fire" claim.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to complain that his Cabinet nominees have not been confirmed:
It is so pathetic that the Dems have still not approved my full Cabinet.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) hit back with the claim that Republicans are responsible for the delays, since “[t]hey control the schedule”:
Good one! Last time I checked, Republicans, not Democrats, control the Senate. They control the schedule, need only 50 votes to confirm. https://t.co/4pD5ywaSGC
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 3, 2017
Does Murphy’s claim hold up to the facts, though?
Republicans do indeed control the schedule in the Senate, but Democrats have resorted to a number of delay tactics on Trump’s nominees.
There was this, the day before Trump’s inauguration:
The confirmation process has become a flash point in the early struggle between Mr. Trump and Senate Democrats, as the delay tactics threaten to leave him with fewer confirmed Cabinet members on his first day than the last three presidents.
Then this for Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and HHS Secretary Price:
Senate Democrats significantly escalated tensions with the White House on Tuesday, stalling action on two of President Trump’s most important cabinet nominees, Steven T. Mnuchin to be Treasury secretary and Representative Tom Price to be secretary of health and human services.
…Democrats have no immediate prospect of stopping Trump nominees, but by dragging out the confirmation process, they said, they can slow Mr. Trump’s ability to carry out policies that many Democrats adamantly oppose.
Then this for Education Secretary DeVos:
Democrats are mounting a 24-hour blitz to try and sink at least one nomination from President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, attacking education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos a day before her confirmation vote.
…The DeVos fight has become emblematic of the knock-down brawls that Democrats have set for almost all of Trump’s top nominees — dragging out, but ultimately unable to stop their approval.
Sorry, Sen. Murphy. You’re right that Republicans control the schedule, but Senate Democrats are, in large part, responsible for delays in confirming Trump’s Cabinet.
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