The Senate Needs to Confirm President Trump’s Nominees


October 10, 2017
Washington, DC

As President Trump approaches the end of his first year in office, his ability to implement his agenda across the executive branch has been hindered by the Senate’s failure to confirm his nominations.

Under unified government, President Trump has still faced a slower pace of confirmations than that of Presidents Bush or Obama, both of whom had nearly half of their nominees confirmed by this time in their respective terms. Specifically, President Bush had 358 of his 610 nominations cleared. President Obama had 341 out of 505 nominations confirmed. Currently, President Trump has only had 161 confirmations of the 398 individuals nominated.

The slow pace of Senate confirmations is exacerbated by the Senate’s continued insistence on working no more than 2 ½ days a week – arriving on Monday evening for a handful of votes, and departing, on average, by 2:30 p.m. each Thursday afternoon.

Previous Senates worked harder. The Reid Senate of 2009 averaged a departure time of 6:15 p.m. every Thursday, and oftentimes stayed as late as 11:30 p.m. to finish their work. In fact, the Reid Senate of 2009-2010 spent nearly 2,500 hours in session, compared to the McConnell Senate of 2015-2016, which spent just 1,855 hours in session.

Also troubling is the Republican insistence that Democrats are “obstructing” votes on these nominations, as claimed in a recent press release from the Senate Majority Leader’s office. It is unclear what obstruction is taking place. Democrats no longer have the ability to filibuster any nominees, judicial or executive. Any simple objections they do make – such as running all post-cloture time – are simply process objections that can be easily overcome.

Moreover, if Democrats are going to insist on all post-cloture time to be run, Majority Leader McConnell can easily make this painful for them by forcing continuous session overnight and through the weekend. If the Senate stayed in session continuously for a week (including the weekend), they could confirm up to five nominees every week even if Democrats made them run the full post-cloture time on each nomination.

Democrats may be able to delay consideration of nominees for a short time, but they ultimately can no longer obstruct. In the absence of the filibuster, the fate of every nominee rests solely with Majority Leader McConnell and the will of the GOP conference to do the necessary work.

Personnel is policy. In delaying the confirmation of President Trump’s appointees, the Senate is directly limiting the President’s effectiveness. This is not only true because positions remain vacant and work is not being accomplished, but because without the direction of Trump’s political appointees, career officials are left unsupervised. As has been documented in many instances, career officials that disagree with the President have taken measures to actively thwart his priorities.
Furthermore, continued delay results in ongoing unanswered partisan attacks designed to tarnish the personal and professional reputations of the president’s nominees. Both Russell Vought, nominated to the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, have been subject to scurrilous attacks by Democratic senators who have attempted to link the faith of Vought and Barrett to their qualification for office. Not only is this an unconstitutional religious test, but such statements subject both Vought and Barrett to unwarranted and offensive criticism to which they cannot give a robust response. Other nominees are being unnecessarily delayed because Republican Senators failed to appear at committee meetings where the nominations were to be voted upon, forcing cancellation of the committee’s action on the nomination.

The Republican Senate should prioritize these nominations and others like them. Vought and Barrett are both immensely qualified for the positions to which they’ve been nominated, and the GOP should confirm them swiftly, not only because of their excellent credentials, but also as a definitive answer to the Democrats who are attempting to place a religious test on appointed office. Deputy Labor Secretary-nominee Patrick Pizzella is highly qualified and yet the GOP has failed to move his nomination. These are just a few of the stories of President Trump’s nominations languishing in the Senate.

The Senate plays a critical Constitutional role in helping the President shape and implement his priorities by passing legislation, but also by confirming the President’s nominations. We urge the Senate to take its role seriously, and act with haste to confirm the individuals that President Trump has selected to assist him in carrying out his mandate.

To that end, the Conservative Movement calls on the Senate leadership to IMMEDIATELY schedule committee and floor action every Thursday and Friday for the foreseeable future to act on President Trump’s nominees for executive and judicial nominees, and to begin working a full week, EVERY week, until all nominations have been acted upon.

The United States Senate behaves as though there are no time limits and no urgency to these matters.   They are wrong and we cannot overstate the frustration and growing concern with the Republican Senate leadership for its failure during this entire year to do its work, process the nominations and address the issues that the American people have elected and pay them to handle.

We urge the Senate to get to work – now.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

Adam Brandon
Freedom Works

Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation

Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future

Diana Banister
President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

Ed Corrigan
Former Executive Director
Senate Steering Committee

Alfred S. Regnery
CNP Action, Inc.

LTG William G. Boykin
Kingdom Warriors Ministry

William L. Walton
CNP Action, Inc.

Rebecca Hagelin
Council for National Policy

Lee A. Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group

Floyd Brown
Western Center for Journalism 

James L. Martin
Founder & Chairman
60 Plus Association 

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

William W. Pascoe, III
Managing Partner

Antietam Communications

J. Christian Adams

Public Interest Legal Foundation

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Tim LeFever 
Capitol Resource Institute

Dan Weber 
Founder and President
Association of Mature American Citizens 

Herman Pirchner, Jr.
Founding President
American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)

Nancy Schulze
Founder, Republican
Congressional Wives Speakers &

Women for Trump Bus

Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum

Michael R. Long
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party

Mica Mosbacher
Trump 2020 Board

Tom McClusky
March for Life Action 

Rachel Bovard
Former Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee

Denneth F. Boehm
National Legal and Policy Center

Seton Motley
Less Government

Ginni Thomas
Liberty Consulting

Roxanne Phillips
Member Executive Committee
Council for National Policy

Penny Young Nance
CEO & President, Concerned Women
for America Legislative Action Committee

Terrence Scanlon
Retired CEO / President
Capital Research Center

Jenny Beth Martin
Co-Founder & President
Tea Party Patriots 

Brad Dacus, Esq.
Pacific Justice Institute 

The Honorable Jason Rapert
Arkansas Senate

William Mills
MPW Properties

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for
President Ronald Reagan,
1985-1988 President Reagan’s OMB

Joseph A. Morris
Morris & De La Rosa

Anthony Saliba
Saliba Venture Management LLC

Susan A. Carleson
Chairman / CEO
American Civil Rights Union

Dean Nelson
Frederick Douglass Foundation

Andresen Blom
Executive Director
Grassroot Hawaii Action

Donna Hearne
The Constitutional Coalition

John McCardell
America’s Liberty Committee

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness 

Andrea S. Lafferty
Traditional Values Coalition (TVC)

David N. Bossie
Citizens United

Joan Lindsey
Lindsey Communications

Lisa Calvert
Christian Speaker & Bible Teacher
Rabon-Calvert Interests

Nick Roos
Roos Wellness LLC

Randy Page
Chief of Staff
Bob Jones University

Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor

Catharine Trauernicht
Citizen Activist


The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former White House Advisor,
President Ronald Reagan 

Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring

David Bozell

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Shawn A. Mitchell
National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Evelio Silvera
Campaign for the American Future

The Honorable Jim DeMint 
U.S. Senate
Former Member, South Carolina

The Honorable Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council
President, Council for National Policy

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Assistant to President Reagan
For Domestic Affairs 

Carrie L. Lukas

Independent Women’s Forum 

The Honorable David McIntosh
Former Member, Indiana
U.S. House of Representatives 

Kathleen A. Patten
President & CEO
American Target Advertising, Inc. 

Belden Bell
Co-Chair Heritage Legacy Society
The Heritage Foundation 

Rick Manning
Americans for Limited Government 

Austin Ruse

Richard Wright
R & S LLC 

Kelly Shackelford
President / CEO / Chief Counsel
First Liberty Institute 

Samuel B. Casey
Managing Director & General Counsel
Jubilee Campaign 

Frank J. Gaffney
Center for Security Policy 

Heather R. Higgins
President and CEO
Independant Women’s Voice

Bob Carlstrom
The Carlstrom Group, LLC

Christopher Malagisi
Editor in Chief
Conservative Book Club

Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation 

Ralph A. Rebandt II
Senior Pastor, Chaplain 
Oakland Hills Community Church
Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police 

Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute 

Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Judson Phillips

Tea Party Nation  

Phil Kerpen
American Commitment 

Michael J. Bowen
Coalition For a Strong America 

Mark Fitzgibbons
President fo Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising, Inc. 

Sandy Rios
Director for Governmental Affairs
American Family Association

David Martin
Health Care Entrepreneur
Cleveland, Ohio

Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Washington Bureau Chief 

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.
Board Chair
Institute on Religion and Democracy

Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith 

Phillip Leo Jauregui
Judicial Action Group 

Sara M. Olson
Senior Vice President
Concerned Women for America 

Peter Bohlinger
Managing Member
Pacific Apartment Homes, LLC 

Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau Tradition,
Family, Property

The Honorable Donald Devine
Former Director of the U.S. Office of 
Personnel Management under
President Ronald Reagan 

Penny Pullen
President, Life Advocacy
Resource Project   

Eunie Smith
Eagle Forum

Lewis K. Uhler
National Tax Limitation Committee

Tim Macy
Gun Owners of America

John F. Tate
America’s Liberty PAC

Mike Spence
Founding President
Conservative Republicans of California

Jerry Melvin
Florida Republican Assembly

Gerrye Johnston
Founder / CEO
Women for Democracy in America, Inc.

Richard A. Viguerie
Conservative HQ 

Quin Hillyer
Conservative Columnist

Becky Gerritson
Wetumpka TEA Party (AL)

Ralph Schmidt
God’s Embrace Ministries

Tim Daughtry
Daughtry & Company

Ed Martin
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

L. Martin Nussbaum

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

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