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Senate Democrats press for financial info on Trump's rich Cabinet picks, get GOP snub

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Top Senate Democrats are trying to put the brakes on President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks, insisting on extensive financial information on some of the wealthiest Americans before moving forward on nominations. Frustrated by the slow response of billionaires and multimillionaires to their request, 16 Democrats delivered an ultimatum Thursday, saying no committee should vote on a nominee until the individual has cleared an FBI background check, provided a financial report and an ethics agreement with the Office of Government Ethics, and responded to "reasonable requests for additional information" such as tax returns. "The United States Senate has a rich, bipartisan tradition of vetting nominees to the president's Cabinet," said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Democratic leader. "We hope to continue that tradition with our colleagues in the Republican majority because the American people are entitled to a fair and open consideration process for all executive nominations." Republicans controlling the Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, want to make quick work of Cabinet confirmations once Trump takes office on Jan. 20.


DC DOUBLE STANDARD? Obama Cabinet picks OK'd quickly, Trump's face delay

FOX News

Donald Trump's team has a message for Senate Democrats threatening to slow-walk their nominees: Give the president-elect's Cabinet picks the same treatment extended to President Obama's. Top transition officials, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are citing a potential double standard as some Democratic lawmakers seek a delay in advance of a packed schedule of confirmation hearings. Eight years ago, the Senate confirmed seven Cabinet-level nominees the day of Obama's inauguration, including top picks like Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security secretary. Hillary Clinton was confirmed as secretary of state the following day. Trump allies are optimistic Trump will get a comparable number confirmed from the outset, but are warning Democrats they'll suffer politically if they throw the brakes on the process.


NEW PARTY OF NO? Democrats prepare for battle against Trump agenda, Cabinet picks

FOX News

After blasting Republican colleagues for years over their blockade of President Obama's agenda, Democrats are gearing up for their turn as the opposition party – planning to throw up early roadblocks for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks and proposals. With the new Congress set to convene Jan. 3 – and Trump set for his inauguration on Jan. 20 – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi last week issued a call to action to her rank and file to fight Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, one of Republicans' top agenda priorities for 2017. Pelosi is planning to intensify the "drumbeat" in the week before the inauguration, setting Jan. 14 as a "national day of action with events across the country." The Democrats' bid to fend off Republican attacks on Obama's signature domestic policy achievement is no surprise. But the resistance extends well beyond fortifying their ObamaCare defenses.


BATTLE LINES: Trump's Cabinet picks get their day before hostile Senate Dems — starting with Sessions

FOX News

Confirmation hearings begin this week on Capitol Hill for Alabama Sen. Jeff Session as U.S. attorney general and other Cabinet picks from President-elect Donald Trump -- amid increasing partisan threats about derailing nominees and calls to keep politics out of the process. The most recent exchange began Saturday when Democrats called for a delay in the hearings -- including at least seven this week -- because several of Trump's nominees have purportedly failed to complete ethics reviews to avoid conflicts of interest. Democrats called for the delay based on letter this weekend from the Office of Government Ethics to Senate leaders stating that some of the nominees scheduled for hearings have yet to complete their ethics review process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday the complaints are merely "procedural" and are being raised by Democrats frustrated about him and fellow Republicans now controlling the House, Senate and White House. But we need to sort of grow up here and get past that," the Kentucky senator told CBS' "Face the Nation."


BATTLE LINES Trump's Cabinet picks get their day before Dems

FOX News

Confirmation hearings begin this week on Capitol Hill for Alabama Sen. Jeff Session as U.S. attorney general and other Cabinet picks from President-elect Donald Trump -- amid increasing partisan threats about derailing nominees and calls to keep politics out of the process. The most recent exchange began Saturday when Democrats called for a delay in the hearings -- including at least seven this week -- because several of Trump's nominees have purportedly failed to complete ethics reviews to avoid conflicts of interest. Democrats called for the delay based on letter this weekend from the Office of Government Ethics to Senate leaders stating that some of the nominees scheduled for hearings have yet to complete their ethics review process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday the complaints are merely "procedural" and are being raised by Democrats frustrated about him and fellow Republicans now controlling the House, Senate and White House. But we need to sort of grow up here and get past that," the Kentucky senator told CBS' "Face the Nation."