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Thune: GOP Will Work to Approve Trump's Nominees

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By    |   Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 03:03 PM

Democrats would love to slow down the confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump's appointments, but Republicans will work quickly to put through the nominees that have been put forward, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Thursday.

"These are people that are qualified for the positions they've been nominated for," Thune told Fox News host Martha MacCallum on "America's Newsroom," pointing out Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as Trump's nomination to head Health and Human Services is particularly suited for his planned role in the administration and will help with the fight to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"We are anxious to help them get into that roll," Thune said of Trump's cabinet picks. "The Democrats can try and throw road blocks up."

But because of a rule pushed by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., confirmations can take place with 51 votes.

"At the time, obviously they used the nuclear option," Thune said. "They broke the rules to change the rules so that they could get some of their nominees on the courts, but they also changed it for executive branch nominees and those are the rules. It's 51 votes and a lot easier to get people into the positions quickly."

There have been some reports Price wants to eliminate Medicare, but Thune dismissed that as "crazy talk."

"I think people just need to accept and realize that there are a lot of people who are very concerned about the outcome of the election and want to muck things up as much as they can," Thune said. "There is a lot of rhetoric out there is that is completely unfounded and people need to accept that for what it is. Tom Price wants to make a healthcare system work, which means getting rid of Obamacare, and moving to a new system that has more choices for patients, more flexibility for businesses, and hopefully more control for doctors and patients than what we have today.

"These ideas that are being proposed out there are just crazy, and I think they need to be treated as such."

Trump said while campaigning he would not cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, but Thune said Thursday lawmakers believe in the programs because Americans believe in them, and they are programs that can work better.

The first move, he said, would be to start out the year with a Senate vote to repeal Obamacare, and then move toward replacing it with coverage that works for Americans.

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Democrats would love to slow down the confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump's appointments, but Republicans will work quickly to put through the nominees that have been put forward, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Thursday.
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