Messer: Senate Needs to End Obstruction, Confirm Trump Nominations
March 16, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, March 16, 2018) – Luke Messer today urged the U.S. Senate to end its obstructionism and act on President Trump’s new cabinet nominations.
On Tuesday, the President nominated Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State and Gina Haspel to serve as head of the CIA. There are already concerns that Senators from both parties will hold up these confirmations in the Senate, as they have done on hundreds of President Trump’s appointments.
“The broken U.S. Senate has delayed or refused to act on hundreds of President Trump’s nominations, taking longer to confirm his appointments than any other President’s in recent history,” Messer said. “President Trump’s most recent appointments are critical to America’s national security. Our country must come before partisan games.”
Part of Messer’s plan to reform the U.S. Senate includes speeding up the Presidential confirmation process, including cutting debate time from 30 hours to eight.
“The Senate needs to shake up its outdated rules and allow President Trump to do the job the American people elected him to do,” Messer said.
The Senate is taking an average of 81 days to confirm President Trump’s appointments, longer than any President’s in recent history. Nearly 200 appointments have yet to be confirmed by the Senate more than a year into the President’s term, according to the Washington Post tracker.
“I’m calling on Senator Donnelly to support Pompeo and Haspel, and show his ‘effectiveness’ by ending Democrat obstruction and pushing the Senate toward a swift confirmation,” Messer said.