Spicer: Senate Dems Boycotting Committee Hearings 'Truly Outrageous'
During his press briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called out Senate Democrats for appearing to slow the confirmation process of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees.
He said the process is "getting a bit ridiculous" and mentioned his displeasure with Democrats boycotting committee hearing votes.
"The mere idea that they're not even showing up to hearings is truly outrageous," Spicer said after Senate Democrats boycotted votes on Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary.
He said Senate Democrats have done "everything in their power to slow the work of the Senate while the president continues to take decisive action."
"It's unfortunate that Senate Democrats remain so out of touch with the message that the American people sent this past November. The people want change, the president is delivering that change and the only response from Senate Democrats so far is to try to stall the core functions of our government," the press secretary said.
He called the actions "embarrassing" and said the "numbers don't lie" when comparing Trump's nominees to past administrations.
Trump still has 16 unconfirmed nominees to head major department agencies. At the same time in 2009, President Barack Obama had seven unconfirmed nominees, while President George W. Bush in 2001 had all but two nominees confirmed.
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