President Trump was sworn in more than six months ago and he has every right to put his government in place. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats’ unprecedented obstruction of the confirmation process has prevented him from doing so.
Our colleagues across the aisle have only allowed us to confirm 56 of President Trump’s 257 well-qualified nominees. That’s just 22 percent. By the August recess of President Obama’s first term, the Senate had confirmed 313 of 454 nominees – or 69 percent. At the current rate, it will take more than 11 years to fill all of the Senate-confirmed government positions.
Behind these numbers are critical government jobs that are currently vacant – including positions that protect our country.
In fact, my colleagues across the aisle have only allowed us to confirm 7 of the president’s 22 nominations to the Department of Defense. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I’m told constantly that our country faces more threats – and from more directions – than ever before. We need these nominees in place to help keep Americans safe.
The longer these needless delays go on, the less time we have to focus on Missourians’ top priorities: helping businesses create jobs; making college more affordable; improving our infrastructure; and much more.
It’s time to stop this senseless obstruction so that the Senate and the president can continue the work we were elected to do.