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Summer cut short
In the News

July 17, 2017

Recently, we heard the words that every House and Senate staffer hope they never hear—August recess is being cut short. Why? In short, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

High Plains Journal


Out with the old, in with the new-ish in USDA’s No. 2 post
In the News

July 15, 2017

The Al Almanza decade as USDA’s most important figure in food safety is ending, and Stephen Censky is coming in as deputy secretary to help Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue run the department. Almanza, deputy undersecretary for food safety and administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), is retiring from government effective July 31.

Food Safety News


Appointee Watch: Key posts at Agriculture, Energy and Justice
In the News

July 14, 2017

The Trump administration announced a number of key jobs at agencies this week, all while blasting Democrats for perceived intransigence in confirming appointees. The White House sent out a scathing press release Monday arguing that Senate Democrats have dragged their heels throughout the confirmation process.

Government Executive


Trump badly lagging Obama, Bush, Clinton in political appointees
In the News

July 14, 2017

Six months into his administration, President Donald Trump has far fewer political appointees in place than his four predecessors, stoking discontent among senior members of his administration and those seeking action with the federal government. Trump's four predecessors were at least three times faster than the current president at getting their nominees into their desks.

Politico


How Rex Tillerson turned the State Department into a ghost ship
In the News

July 13, 2017

When Donald Trump tapped Rex Tillerson, then CEO of ExxonMobil, to serve as secretary of state, expectations weren't high. With zero experience in government or diplomacy, Tillerson got the job after winning the support of Steve Bannon, the iconoclastic former Breitbart News chief, and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law.

Rolling Stone


Obstruction or slow hiring? Who’s to blame for sluggish confirmations?
In the News

July 13, 2017

To hear President Donald Trump tell it, the slow start in filling out his administration is entirely the fault of Democrats. “The Senate Democrats have only confirmed 48 of 197 Presidential Nominees. They can’t win so all they do is slow things down and obstruct!” he tweeted on Tuesday.

NBC News


Trump says Democrats are blocking his nominees, but the GOP’s Tillis is holding up this one
In the News

July 12, 2017

President Donald Trump has accused U.S. Senate Democrats numerous times of delaying his nominees to fill the executive branch. But in the case of one Department of Homeland Security nominee, it is Republican Sen. Thom Tillis who is holding up the process.

News & Observer


Chaos or conspiracy? Key posts vacant as nominations lag
In the News

July 12, 2017

President Trump blasted Democrats on Twitter this week for blocking his nominees, but he's about six weeks off the pace set by his predecessors for picking people to fill more than 1,200 jobs that need Senate confirmation. "The Trump administration is way behind.

E&E News


Trump blames 'can't win' Democrats for stalled nominations
In the News

July 11, 2017

President Donald Trump once again on Tuesday blamed Democrats in the Senate for the slow pace of confirmation of his nominees, accusing the minority party of engaging in obstruction even though its votes are not needed in order for the president’s picks for key government jobs to win approval. “The Senate Democrats have only confirmed 48 of 197 Presidential Nominees. They can't win so all they do is slow things down & obstruct!” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.

POLITICO


AP SPIN METER: White House, Dems trade jabs on nominees
In the News

July 11, 2017

The White House complained on Monday that Senate Democrats are obstructing President Donald Trump’s qualified nominees. Democrats say the administration has only itself to blame for the slow pace of filling vacancies.

Associated Press


As Trump blames Democrats for stalled nominations, the bigger problem may be man in mirror
In the News

July 11, 2017

President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the slow pace of confirming his nominees, even as he lags his predecessors in tapping people for high-level positions. In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Trump said Democrats “can’t win so all they do is slow things down & obstruct!” He said only 48 of 197 nominees have been confirmed.

Market Watch


Trump blames 'can't win' Democrats for stalled nominations
In the News

July 11, 2017

President Donald Trump once again on Tuesday blamed Democrats in the Senate for the slow pace of confirmation of his nominees, accusing the minority party of engaging in obstruction even though its votes are not needed in order for the president’s picks for key government jobs to win approval. “The Senate Democrats have only confirmed 48 of 197 Presidential Nominees. They can't win so all they do is slow things down & obstruct!” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Politico


Trump well behind in winning Senate confirmation of appointees
In the News

July 11, 2017

The White House is turning up the heat on Senate Democrats for using delaying tactics to block President Donald Trump’s executive branch nominees, even as Trump trails recent presidents in the number of appointments so far. The president so far has nominated 197 persons for administration posts, of which 48 have won Senate confirmation.

The Daily Signal


Senate to delay August recess to deal with healthcare, other matters
In the News

July 11, 2017

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday the annual August recess will be delayed three weeks to deal with healthcare, taxes, the budget and presidential nominations. "In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August," McConnell said in a statement.

UPI


Trump White House Staff Filled With Washington Insiders Despite 'Drain The Swamp' Pledge
In the News

July 10, 2017

Despite his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” as president, Donald Trump’s White House features the former Capitol Hill staffers, Republican National Committee staffers, elite D.C. lawyers and career employees one would expect from a typical GOP administration. Approximately 70 percent of Trump’s White House staff were working in D.C. before the start of the administration, according to a Newsweek analysis of White House employees and detailees, staff who are on loan from other federal agencies.

Newsweek


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