Tuesday, as President Donald Trump’s picks for head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), and head of the Treasury Department, Steven Mnuchin, were scheduled to be confirmed, multiple Democratic Senators on the Senate Finance Committee walked out.
The Hill reports:
Democrats walked out of the Senate Finance Committee hearing room, arguing that Mnuchin and Price misled senators in their testimony before the panel, and saying they could not allow a vote to proceed without more information.
NBC News reports that despite Republicans having the votes to usher the nominees to the next step in the process, “a quorum of committee members must be present to hold a vote,” or else the process is indefinitely stalled.
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) reportedly said: “We have great concern that Chairman Hatch is asking us to vote today on two nominees who out and out lied to our committee.”
The alleged lies pertain to perceived ethical concerns on the part of both nominees. Rep. Price for his “investments in medical companies,” and “whether he improperly mixed his political activity with his personal portfolio,” according to The Hill, and Mnuchin on his time working at OneWest Bank.
Then vote “no.” What is with the frickin’ over dramatics? It is really getting old. Did they not have enough toys as kids or something? Do your job.