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Dems Plan to Oppose Price, Mnuchin in Senate

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By    |   Thursday, 01 Dec 2016 08:56 PM

Senate Democrats are reportedly gearing up for confirmation battles against President-elect Donald Trump cabinet picks of Rep. Tom Price for Health and Human Services Secretary and Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary.

Leading the charge against former Goldman Sachs partner and hedge fund manager Mnuchin will be Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the New York Post reported.

"Donald Trump promised he was not going to have a government that was going to work for Wall Street," Warren told CNN.

"And then he turns around and his first big economic appointment is to appoint a Wall Street insider, a guy who made millions of dollars off mortgages that crushed families financially."

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with Democrats, also derided the Mnuchin pick.

"It does strike me as an odd way of draining the swamp to bring in a new alligator from Wall Street," he told CNN on Thursday.

Republicans are expecting a slim majority of 52 seats in the Senate next year; a simple majority is needed to confirm cabinet nominations.

But according to the Post, incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., believes it is "possible" to win enough votes to block Price, who has led efforts in the House to replace Obamacare.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has a plan of his own to protect the GOP majority: He's made it clear he will not recuse himself from voting for his wife, Elaine Chao, Trump's nominee for transportation secretary, according to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., could also vote for himself for his own attorney general confirmation, the Post reported.

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