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WSJ: GOP Must Break Senate's Schumer Blockade

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 08:30 AM

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is being a major pest to the majority, erecting a virtual blockade to "sabotage" President Donald Trump, and it's up to Republicans to put an end to it, The Wall Street Journal said in its editorial.

"Senate Democrats are abusing Senate rules to undermine the executive branch, and Republicans need to restore normal order," the Journal wrote.

Democrats demanding cloture filings for every nominee sent to the Senate by Trump could have the effect of it taking all four years for the president to fill all 400 positions, if left unabated.

"Democrats aren't using cloture to raise the level of debate or highlight unqualified nominees. They are using it — and have said as much — to sabotage a presidency."

To date, Trump has just 46 confirmations to his administration compared to 180 for Barack Obama and 130 for George W. Bush at the same date, the Journal reported.

Trump blasted Democrats Tuesday on Twitter, saying, "They can't win so all they do is slow things down and obstruct!"

Refusing to return any "blue slip" — a courtesy to home state senators, not a rule — to the Judiciary Committee is blocking appointments of federal judges.

Democrats may be baiting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell into amendments that would extend past the life of this Republican majority, but the Republicans must act.

"That isn't what the Founders intended, and Republicans have every right to stop this abuse of process to let the President form a government," the Journal concluded.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is being a major pest to the majority, erecting a virtual blockade to "sabotage" President Donald Trump, and it's up to Republicans to put an end to it, The Wall Street Journal said in its editorial.
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