Roughly 100 of President Donald Trump's nominees have been refused additional consideration by the Senate, Politico reports.
Although the Senate allowed 150 of Trump's nominees to remain in consideration next year, almost 100 others were refused. This includes Alex Azar, nominated to lead Health and Human Services; ambassadorial nominee K.T. McFarland; judicial nominee Thomas Farr; and most recently, Trump's pick to head the Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett-White. The White House may renominate these candidates next year, if Trump so desires.
"For some nominees, their paperwork will be obsolete," an unnamed lawyer representing multiple nominees told Politico. "The stock market has gone up, so the numbers are going to be materially different."
This represents a major departure from the nominees of previous administrations. Only eight of former President Barack Obama's first-year nominees were not carried over into his second year, according to Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who noted that former President George W. Bush only had two choices denied.
"It definitely violates precedent," Lankford said of the current climate. "That's just a sign of the times that people are looking for a rule to be able to slow the Senate down even more . . .. That's making a bad situation worse."
"While we have been able to make progress in recent weeks on several qualified and reasonable environmental nominees, others, like Kathleen Hartnett White . . . have proven far too extreme to hold such important positions or be confirmed by the Senate," Delaware Democratic Sen. Tom Carper said in a statement, according to HuffPost.
"I am pleased that Ms. White's nomination has been returned to the White House, and I am hopeful that President Trump will seize on the opportunity to start the new year and the new session of Congress off on the right foot by nominating a new and better qualified candidate to lead this consequential office."
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