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100 Days Of Obstruction: Dems Refusing To Work With President Trump On Making America Great Again

- April 24, 2017

Democrats Refuse To Reach Across The Aisle And Work With President Trump


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  •  During the first 100 days of the Trump Presidency Democrats have engaged in historic levels of obstruction, refused to work in a bipartisan manner, and attempted to block President Trump's agenda every step of the way.
  •  Democrats refused to support President Trump's Cabinet picks and vowed to use their power to stall the appointment process.
  •  Democrats continue to obstruct the Trump agenda by refusing to work with Republicans on healthcare reform.
  •  Democrats held the first partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in history, refusing to evaluate and vote for the Supreme Court pick because he was nominated by President Trump.
  •  After years of accusing Republicans of being the "party of no," Democrat hypocrisy clearly knows no bounds.

DEMOCRATS ATTEMPTED TO DERAIL THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BY COMMITTING TO STALL THE CABINET CONFIRMATION PROCESS

Democrats Vowed To Stall The Appointment Of President Trump's Cabinet Picks

Senate Democrats "Vow[ed] To Stall" Cabinet Nominees: "Senate Democrats are vowing to stall action on eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees tasked with carrying out his economic, law enforcement and regulatory agenda, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Monday." (Ted Barret and Deirdre Walsh, "Democrats Target 8 Cabinet Nominees Threaten To Drag Out Process," CNN , 1/2/17)

CNN: "All Ten Democrats On The Senate Committee Tasked With Considering President Donald Trump's Pick To Lead The Environmental Protection Agency Boycotted The Meeting To Vote On Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt." (Dan Merica & Ashely Killough, "Democrats Boycott Pruitt's EPA Confirmation Hearing," CNN , 2/1/17)

Democrats Committed To Slow-Walking Trump's Nominees And Asked For Two Days Of Hearings For Select Cabinet Nominees, And To Hold The Confirmation Hearings Of Just Two Nominees A Week. "But Schumer has told McConnell that he wants at least two days of hearings for each of these eight nominees, including at least one panel made up of witnesses that can speak to the pick's past record, aides said. At each hearing, members of the committee would get at least 10 minutes to ask questions, with no limits on multiple rounds of questioning, if requested. Democrats also want hearings for each of these eight nominees to be held on separate weeks, with no more than two Cabinet picks sitting for a hearing in the same week." (Ed O'Keefe, "Here Are The Eight Trump Cabinet Picks Democrats Plan To Target," The Washington Post , 1/1/17)

The Plan Was "An Unprecedented Break With Senate Tradition." "Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March - an unprecedented break with Senate tradition." (Ed O'Keefe, "Here Are The Eight Trump Cabinet Picks Democrats Plan To Target," The Washington Post , 1/1/17)

Senator Schumer Planned To "Draw Out The Confirmation Process." "Incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says his party will target eight of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks in an attempt to draw out the confirmation process, according to the Washington Post" (Mallory Shelbourne, "Schumer: Dems Will Slow Trump Cabinet Confirmation Hearings," The Hill , 1/1/17)

Many Of Trump's Cabinet Picks Remained Unconfirmed In Late February Which Was "The Longest Run For Any Modern President." "More than a month in, nearly half of Trump's cabinet nominees have yet to be confirmed by the Senate, the longest run for any modern president." (John W. Schoen, "No President Has Ever Waited This Long To Get A Cabinet Approved," CNBC , 2/24/2017)

Senate Democrats Used The Confirmation Process To "Hobble The Start Of Trump's Presidency." " Democrats intend to draw out the confirmation process for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees, slated to start next week, in an attempt to hobble the start of Trump's presidency and cripple both the nominees and the president-elect himself with damaging revelations and a focus on their wealth." (Maggie Severns, "Senate Democrats Take Aim At Trump's Cabinet," Politico , 1/4/17)

The New York Times Headline: "Trump's Cabinet Picks Have Faced Record-Setting Opposition." " With less than half of his cabinet in place, President Trump's confirmed nominees have already faced an unprecedented level of opposition. Only five first-year nominees have ever received 40 or more 'no' votes. Three of those nominees were under Mr. Trump." (Adam Pearce, "Trump's Cabinet Picks Have Faced Record-Setting Opposition," The New York Times , 2/9/17)

The Trump Administration Continued To Receive Pushback On Cabinet Picks And Was "On Track to Have the Highest Number of Contested Confirmation Votes" Since The Senate Historian's Office Began Compiling Data. "And even with only six Cabinet members and Cabinet-level administrators confirmed so far (not including Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, who received 32 'no' votes but isn't considered Cabinet-level), the Trump administration is on track to have the highest number of contested confirmation votes since at least the Carter administration.." (Ella Koeze, "It's Not Just DeVos: Trump's Cabinet Is Facing Unprecedented Opposition," FiveThirtyEight , 2/7/17)

Senate Democrat Opposition Led To A "Historic Rebuke" Of Trump Cabinet Nominees. "Virtually all Democratic senators are expected to vote against President Trump's picks to lead the departments of Education, Justice, Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury and his top budget nominee - a historic rebuke of a first-term president's Cabinet selections." (Ed O'Keefe, "Virtually all Senate Democrats poised to vote against remaining Cabinet picks," The Washington Post , 2/6/17)

Senate Democrats Cast "Second-Most No Votes In History" On Trump Cabinet Nominees At One Point. " After votes on 13 of President Trump's nominees, his Cabinet has already received the second-most combined 'no' votes in history - a clear indication of a more combative opposition in the Senate than nominees of Trump's predecessors faced." (Kevin Uhrmacher and Kevin Schaul, "Cabinet Nominees are Getting More 'No' Votes Than Ever," The Washington Post , 3/3/17)

DEMOCRATS REFUSED TO WORK WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS ON REPEALING OBAMACARE

After The Election, Democrats Claimed They Would Be Willing To Work With Republicans To Get Things Done

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND): "The Reason I'm In The U.S. Senate Is To Work With Republicans And Democrats To Get Things Done" (Alexander Bolton, "Endangered Dems Willing To Work With Trump, GOP," The Hill , 11/28/16)

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN): "My Responsibility To Hoosiers Is To Support The Best Ideas, Regardless Of Whether The Idea Comes From A Republican Or Democrat." (Alexander Bolton, "Endangered Dems Willing To Work With Trump, GOP," The Hill , 11/28/16)

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT): "We Can't Just Say 'No' Because The Idea Comes From The Other Side Of The Aisle." (Alexander Bolton, "Endangered Dems Willing To Work With Trump, GOP," The Hill , 11/28/16)

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV): 'I'm Going To Do My Job. I'm Going To Help Him When I Can,' Said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. VA.), One Of The Most Endangered Incumbents In 2018." (Heather Caygle & Burgess Everett, "Democrats: We Can Work With Trump," Politico , 11/9/16)

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "Senate Democrats Will Spend The Coming Days And Weeks Reflecting On These Results, Hearing From The American People, And Charting A Path Forward To Achieve Our Shared Goals And To Defend Our Values." (Heather Caygle & Burgess Everett, "Democrats: We Can Work With Trump," Politico , 11/9/16)

Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH): "'I Stand Ready To Work With Him In Any Way That Will Benefit The Constituents Of My District.'" (Heather Caygle & Burgess Everett, "Democrats: We Can Work With Trump," Politico , 11/9/16)

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL): "…We Must Live It And Work With The President-Elect For The Good Of Our Country" (Press Release, "Rep. Wasserman Schultz Statement On 2016 Election," Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz , 11/9/16)

But, Democrats Did Everything They Could To Sabotage Healthcare Reform In Congress

House Democrats "Declared Parliamentary Warfare In An Attempt To Delay The Bill As Much As Possible." "Bring on the delay tactics. House Democrats, irked that Republicans are trying to speed through consideration of their Obamacare repeal plan, have declared parliamentary warfare in an attempt to delay the bill as much as possible." (Heather Caygle, "House Dems Step Up Delay Tactics Against Obamacare Repeal," Politico , 3/8/17)

House Democrats Caused Debate Of The Bill To Move At A "Tortoise-Like Speed," By Forcing A Series Of Meaningless "Nuisance" Votes. "In addition to forcing committee markups of the proposal to move at tortoise-like speed, Democrats have taken their fight to the House floor, forcing Republicans to take a series of votes to adjourn. The votes are largely a nuisance to the GOP but slow things down little by little." (Heather Caygle, "House Dems Step Up Delay Tactics Against Obamacare Repeal," Politico , 3/8/17)

The House Democrat Tactics "Amounts To Little More Than Democrats Stomping Their Feet And Keeping Republicans On The House Floor A Bit Longer." "Democrats unexpectedly called three motions to adjourn during Wednesday's afternoon votes, a tactic they're expected to continue at every vote series into Thursday, if not longer. The motion to adjourn amounts to little more than Democrats stomping their feet and keeping Republicans on the House floor a bit longer." (Heather Caygle, "House Dems Step Up Delay Tactics Against Obamacare Repeal," Politico , 3/8/17)

Democrats Attempted To Apply Various Tactics To Slow Any Progress On Healthcare Bill Reform. "Democrats on Wednesday forced meaningless votes on the House floor and in two House committees and even required committee clerks to read the entire text of the bill out loud at one point - all in an effort to stop Republicans from fulfilling their campaign pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act." (Jennifer Haberkorn, Paul Demko, and Adam Cancryn, "Democrats Thwart Progress On Obamacare Repeal," Politico , 3/8/17)

"House Democrats Are Attempting To Ensure The Markup Of A Republican Bill To Repeal And Partially Replace Obamacare Takes As Long As Possible, Turning To Procedural Moves To Delay The Legislation." (Robert King, "Energy And Commerce Democrats Delaying Markup Via Procedural Tactics," Washington Examiner , 3/8/17)

CNN 's Chris Cuomo: "I Did Not Hear Better Ideas Coming Out Of The Democrats. I Did Not Hear Them Scrutinizing The Plan With Facts And Figures. They Were Just Delaying And They Were Saying This Is Just Wrong." ( CNN's "New Day" , 3/9/17)

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Sen. Schumer Admitted That "Not A Single Democrat" Is Going To Work With Republicans On Fixing Obamacare

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Declared That "Not A Single Democrat Is Negotiating" On A Replacement For Obamacare. "'Not a single Democrat is negotiating,' Schumer said on a call organized by MoveOn and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. 'We ain't resting until the move to repeal the ACA has a dagger through its heart.'" (David Weigel, "Schumer: No Democrat Is Compromising With GOP On ObamaCare Replacement," The Washington Post , 1/10/17)

DEMOCRATS ATTEMPTED THE FIRST PARTISAN FILIBUSTER OF A SUPREME COURT NOMINEE IN HISTORY

Democrats Engaged In Historic Levels Of Obstruction In Their Attempts To Block The Confirmation Of Judge Gorsuch

CBS News : "The Only Commonly Recognized Filibuster Of A Supreme Court Nominee On Record Occurred In 1968." " The only commonly recognized filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee on record occurred in 1968, when the Senate filibustered Abe Fortas, then-President Lyndon Johnson's pick for chief justice, legal scholars told CBS News." (Kathryn Watson, "Is The Senate Filibuster Of Gorsuch Really 'Unprecedented?" CBS News , 4/6/17)

Senate Democrats Forced An Action That Has Been "Nearly Unheard Of." "Supreme Court filibusters have been nearly unheard of in the Senate, but the confrontation is playing out amid an explosive political atmosphere with liberal Democrats furious over the Trump presidency and Republicans desperate to get a win after months of chaos from Trump." (Erica Werner, "GOP Approves 'Nuclear Option' After Dems Block President Trump's Scotus Pick," The Associated Press , 4/6/17)

Senate Democrats Made History By Forcing A "Historic Filibuster." "Democrats blocked President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee with a historic filibuster on the senate floor Friday, but their victory was short lived." (Erica Werner, "Republicans Ready 'Nuclear Option' As Democrats Block Donald Trump's Supreme Court Pick," The Associated Press , 4/6/17)

Editorial Boards And Pundits Criticized Democrats For Filibustering The Nominee For Purely Partisan Reasons

The Wall Street Journal: "Democrats Have No Good Reason To Oppose Judge Gorsuch So They Are Inventing Bad Reasons" (Editorial, "Chuck Schumer's Filibuster Lineup," The Wall Street Journal , 4/3/17)

Billings Gazette: "Democrats Refuse To Rise Above Petty Partisan Politics" (Editorial, "Democrats Refuse To Rise Above Petty Partisan Politics," Billings Gazette , 3/24/17)

  • Billings Gazette: "No More Lectures About Swamps And Their Need To Be Drained Because Democrats Would Seem To Be Wallowing In The Muck On This One." (Editorial, "Democrats Refuse To Rise Above Petty Partisan Politics," Billings Gazette , 3/24/17)

The Wall Street Journal: "By Offering This Pathetic Excuse For Opposition, Mr. Schumer Is Really Saying That No One Nominated By President Trump Can Be Confirmed." (Editorial, "Schumers's Gorsuch Gambit," Wall Street Journal , 3/24/17)

New Hampshire Union Leader: "During His Hearing Before The Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Neil Gorsuch Gave Democrats No Good Reason To Oppose His Nomination To The U.S. Supreme Court. Of Course, Democrats Don't Need A Good Reason. They Can Do It Anyway." (Editorial, "Confirm Gorsuch: Dems Plan Pointless Filibuster," New Hampshire Union-Leader , 3/26/17)

New Hampshire Union Leader: " Since He Interprets The Law As It Is Written, And Not As Democrats Wish It Were, Many Democratic Senators Will Vote Against Gorsuch." " Gorsuch is a brilliant jurist with a remarkable ability to communicate complex legal theories in easily understood terms. He would be an excellent addition to the United States Supreme Court. But since he interprets the law as it is written, and not as Democrats wish it were, many Democratic senators will vote against Gorsuch." (Editorial, "Confirm Gorsuch: Dems Plan Pointless Filibuster," New Hampshire Union-Leader , 3/26/17)

The New York Daily News On The Purposeful Filibuster Of Judge Neil Gorsuch: "Democrats Are Doing The Nation A Disservice By Planning To Filibuster His Nomination." "Democrats are doing the nation a disservice by planning to filibuster his nomination. They are also making a large political mistake by daring Republicans to invoke the nuclear option, which would put any majority party in a position to approve a nominee to the high court with a mere 51 votes. They should stand down." (Editorial, "Make Him Justice Gorsuch," New York Daily News , 3/26/17)

Chicago Tribune: "Attempts To Trip Up Gorsuch, Revealing Deficiencies That Might Disqualify Him, Elicited The Opposite: Unassailable Assurances By Gorsuch That He Would Decide Each Case On The Merits, Based On The Law As Written, Applied To The World As It Is Today." "Democrats' questioning Tuesday and Wednesday was aggressive. But their attempts to trip up Gorsuch, revealing deficiencies that might disqualify him, elicited the opposite: unassailable assurances by Gorsuch that he would decide each case on the merits, based on the law as written, applied to the world as it is today. Democrats struggled to find offense with that judicial philosophy." (Editorial, "Neil Gorsuch Earns His Supreme Court Seat," Chicago Tribune , 3/22/17)

Sen. Schumer Admitted Even Before President Trump Made The Nomination That He Likely Could Not Support Whoever Was Chosen

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "It's Hard For Me To Imagine A Nominee…That We Could Support" (MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show, 1/3/17)

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POLLS SHOW THAT VOTERS WANT DEMOCRATS TO REACH ACROSS THE AISLE

Polls Have Shown That Voters Want Democrats To Work With President Trump

The Hill : " A Strong Majority Of Americans Say Democrats Should Look To Cooperate With President Trump To Strike Deals, According To The Inaugural Harvard-Harris Poll Provided Exclusively By The Hill." (Jonathan Easley, "Poll: Americans Want Democrats To Work With Republicans," The Hill , 2/18/17)

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Rasmussen Reports : "Democrats Want Trump's Presidency To Be A Success" "But 57% of Democrats want Trump's presidency to be a success. Of course, that compares to 91% of Republicans and 73% of unaffiliated voters. ("57% of Democrats Want Trump To Succeed," Rasmussen Reports , 1/5/17)

Hudson Pacific : "The Poll Also Found That 86 Percent Of The Public - And 74 Percent Of Democrats - Would Rather See Democrats Work With Republicans To Find Common Ground Than See Democrats Fight Republicans." (Amber N. Ott, "No labels Poll: Americans Deman Bipartisan Approach From Congress And Trump Administration," Hudson Pacific , 1/23/17)

DEMOCRAT OBSTRUCTION COMES AFTER YEARS OF CRITICIZING REPUBLICANS FOR THE SAME

Democrats Accused Republicans Of Being The "Party Of No" For Years During The Obama Presidency

In 2009, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Accused Republicans Of Creating Congressional Gridlock, Labeling Them The "Party Of No." "'The hard choices that are being forced on our country demand engagement by both parties, by all participants,' Mr. Hoyer said, ticking off entitlement spending and climate change as examples. 'Those challenges are dangerously likely to stay untouched as long as at least one party is willing to be a 'Party of No.'" (Stephen Dinan, "Hoyer Denounces GOP As 'Party of No'; Accuses Republicans Of Creating Hurdles By Deadlocking On Big Issues," The Washington Times , 12/8/2009)

In 2009, White House Chief Of Staff Rahm Emanuel Labeled Congressional Republicans "The Party Of No." "'When you're the party of no, when you're the party of ever, when you're the party of no new ideas, that's not constructive,' White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Sunday. 'The challenge will be, will the Republicans come to the table with constructive ideas?'" (Douglas K. Daniel, "White House says GOP should be more constructive," The Associated Press, 4/19/2009)

In 2010, Senator Harry Reid's Spokesman Said Republicans Are Sealing Their Role As The Party Of No By Opposing President Obama's Agenda. "'The Republicans will be asked to drop their criticism, which is out there today, and support the bill when the Senate comes back,' said Jim Manley, Reid's spokesman. 'Otherwise, they will seal their role as the party of no.'" (Scott Wilson, "Democrats' plan: Force GOP to go on the record," The Washington Post , 2/13/2010)

In 2013, Senator Harry Reid Accused Republicans Of Obstructing Nominations To, "Undermine The Very Government They Were Elected To Serve." " Republicans block Obama nominees 'not because they object to the qualifications, but because the (sic.) they seek to undermine the very government they were elected to serve', Reid said." (Tom McCarthy, "Senate Approves Change To Filibuster Rule After Repeated Republican Blocks," The Guardian , 11/21/2013)


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