Administration

Trump: McConnell should keep Senate in session until nominees are approved

President Trump on Sunday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep senators in Washington, D.C., until a backlog of executive nominees receive confirmation votes.

Trump blamed Democrats for "slow walking hundreds of highly qualified people wanting to come into government."

"Never been such an abuse in our country's history," he tweeted. "Mitch should not let Senate go home until all are approved. We need our Ambassadors and all others NOW!"

McConnell's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Senate will not be in session this week.

Trump has previously lashed out at Democrats over the Senate's inability to quickly confirm his nominees, though senators from the party have noted that ambassador positions require a simple majority, and therefore don't need their votes for confirmation. Democrats have also pointed out that Trump failed to put forward nominees for a number of ambassadorships and other positions until well into his presidency.

Senate Republicans last month moved forward in an effort to speed up consideration of the president's nominees. The Senate Rules and Administration Committee voted 10-9 along party lines to pass a resolution that would substantially cut down on the amount of debate time needed for hundreds of nominations.

Nominees are subjected to up to 30 hours of additional debate after proving they have the simple majority needed to defeat a filibuster and ultimately be confirmed. The resolution would significantly reduce that from 30 hours to as little as two hours for hundreds of Trump's executive nominations and all district court judges.

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