Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has apparently had enough of his obstructionist Democrat colleagues with their refusal to participate in a committee meeting Tuesday morning, quoted by WNBC in New York stating that Democrats “ought to stop posturing and acting like idiots.”
The quote was also reported by Fox News, which may have picked it up from one of the wire services.
Democrats are playing the obstructionist game, critics are suggesting, slowing down the confirmation process for President Donald Trump’s cabinet officers. When Trump makes his nomination for the empty spot on the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday evening, according to Reuters, Democrats are bracing for a battle.
Capitol Hill may not be the only place where Democrats are determined to throw up roadblocks. In Washington State, Democrat Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit to block Trump’s executive order on refugee admittance to the United States. It’s the first lawsuit by a state against the order, according to the Seattle Times.
Interestingly, Ferguson – whom many believe is using this effort to shore up his political capital for a 2020 run for governor – was quoted by the newspaper, trotting out the constitution.
“We are a country based on the rule of law,” he stated. “In a courtroom, it is not the loudest voice that prevails. It’s the Constitution.”
But Ferguson is also pushing a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” which angry Evergreen State gun owners see as nothing less than trampling on the same Constitution. It is reminiscent of last week’s protestation by liberal Democrat Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who also included the Constitution in his argument against Trump’s order on sanctuary cities. Murray has a long history of gun control support.
Back in “the other Washington,” Hatch reportedly will reschedule votes on two Trump cabinet nominees, Georgia Rep. Tom Price for Health secretary and financier Steve Mnuchin as Treasury secretary. But Hatch is not a happy camper, and Democrats may have pushed him too far.
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