M.r President, do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first? Okay, let’s go with the good news. You have had 70 job appointments filled by just one vote. That seems like almost a miracle. The bad news? It seems that you Republican led Senate, the same party as you, does not want you making any recess appointments while they are away goofing off. Why do you think that is? Whose jobs are the Republicans trying to protect?
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President Trump got some good news Thursday regarding his efforts to fill job vacancies in his administration: Nearly 70 nominees received Senate approval in one fell swoop.
But the president also received some bad news: The Senate unanimously agreed to a move designed to block Trump from making any recess appointments while the Senate takes its summer break.
The good news means that former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas becomes the nation’s ambassador to NATO and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson becomes ambassador to Britain.
It also means Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel join the Federal Communications Commission, and Mark Andrew Green will lead the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Hill reported.
The bad news means Trump will have to wait until September if he plans to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions or special counsel Robert Mueller.
That’s because the Senate scheduled nine “pro forma” sessions, or short meetings, every three business days during its recess, the Hill reported.
The move is designed to keep the Senate technically open for business, so any new Trump personnel moves would have to get the Senate’s OK.
Many on Capitol Hill, including some Republicans, have been worried that Trump might try to replace Sessions, whom Trump has criticized for recusing himself from a federal investigation into the Trump administration’s…….
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