Schumer: Trump picking ‘most anti-working-class Cabinet’

Greg Nash
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) blasted President Trump’s Cabinet nominees on Monday, arguing his picks will make it harder for working Americans.
“The president has shown his hand by selecting the most anti-working-class Cabinet that we have ever seen,” the Senate’s top Democrat said. “What President Trump has done on the campaign and said on the campaign and his inaugural address is almost the exact opposite of what he’s doing now.”
He added that Trump’s agenda is being carried about by a “bevy of billionaires and bankers and hard-right ideologues.” 
Schumer signaled out three nominees: Steven Mnuchin to lead the Treasury Department, Mick Mulvaney to be director of the Office of Management and Budget and Andy Puzder to be Labor secretary. 
{mosads}The Senate will take a final vote on Mnuchin’s nomination on Monday evening, and Puzder is scheduled to get a confirmation hearing this week after multiple delays. 
“Ever since President Trump took the oath of office, he has gone about breaking promise after promise to the working people of this country,” Schumer said. 
Democrats don’t have the manpower to block any of Trump’s nominees on their own. Under a 2013 decision led by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) executive nominees only need a simple majority, and Republicans have 52 seats. 
But Democrats are using the Senate’s procedural rulebook to drag out debate over individual nominees for days, arguing many of the nominees are out of line with Trump’s campaign message.
With several Republicans remaining on the fence over Puzder, Democrats also view the Labor pick as their best shot to block one of Trump’s nominees. 
Schumer added on Monday that “it galls me” that Trump picked the fast-food CEO to lead the department. 
“Just three weeks in, the administration is stretching the boundaries of cognitive dissidence,” he said. “He promises to stick up for working families, but every decision he has made is rigging the system further against them.” 
Puzder’s confirmation is off to a rocky start over reports that he previously hired an undocumented worker as a household employee and initially failed to pay taxes on the employee. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Puzder didn’t pay taxes on the employee until after he was nominated to lead the Labor Department.
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