Schumer sends McConnell back his own 2009 letter on nominations
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration White House: Trump remarks didn't derail shutdown talks Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) is using Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE's own words against him in a looming confirmation fight, sending the Kentucky Republican his own 2009 letter outlining nomination requirements. 

Schumer said he sent McConnell the exact letter McConnell sent to then-Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D-Nev.) in February 2009 about President Obama's nominees. 
 
"In 2009, then-Minority Leader McConnell sent then-Majority Leader Reid a letter laying out his list of pre-requisites for time agreements on the floor for President Obama’s nominees," he said from the Senate floor. "They are almost exactly what Democrats have requested." 
 
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McConnell sent the letter after many Obama nominees, including Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE, had already been confirmed. The senator's staff argued on Twitter Monday that the letter was aimed at lower-level nominations. 
 
Schumer also tweeted out an edited copy of his letter on Monday, which shows him marking out McConnell's signature and writing in his own. 
McConnell's 2009 requirements include an ethics agreement letter and financial disclosures being submitted to a Senate committee before a hearing.   
 
Schumer's move comes as the Senate is expected to have confirmation hearings for nine of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE's nominees this week. 
 
Democrats have blasted the schedule, arguing Republicans are rushing to confirm Trump's nominees without proper vetting. 
 
The Office of Government Ethics has released financial disclosures and ethics letters for five nominees that will get hearings this week: Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick to be secretary of State; Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants DOJ wades into archdiocese fight for ads on DC buses Overnight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector MORE (R-Ala.), his pick to be attorney general; Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), his pick for CIA head; Elaine Chao, his pick to be Transportation secretary and McConnell's wife; and retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, his pick to lead the Pentagon.
 
McConnell pledged over the weekend that no nominee would get a full Senate vote before all of their paperwork has been turned in.
 
He added on Monday after meeting with Trump that "everybody will be properly vetted as they have been in the past."
 
Democrats face an uphill battle to block any of Trump's nominees, who only need 50 votes to clear the upper chamber.
 
But any one senator could slow down the confirmation process, potentially undercutting the GOP's push to confirm up to seven nominees on "day one."