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Schumer to punish Trump by opposing Cabinet picks

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., accompanied by other Senate Democrats, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, to offer a proposal to spend $1 trillion on transportation and other infrastructure projects over 10 years in an attempt to engage President Donald Trump on an issue where they hope to find common ground. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

January 30, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said Monday he’ll vote against a slate of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, saying he feels compelled to send a signal of defiance to the new administration.

Schumer had already said he’d oppose nominees to lead the State, Education and Justice departments, and on Monday he added the picks for Treasury, Health and Human Services and Labor departments, as well as the White House budget director and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Democrats have put up the fiercest resistance to a new president in modern times, delaying nearly all of Trump’s picks and forcing roll call votes on each of them. They’ve said their opposition is aimed both at the nominees themselves and at Trump, hoping to deny him the people they fear would enable his agenda. Schumer also signaled that he doesn’t care what damage opposing the nominees would do to national security or the U.S.’s image around the world.

“I will vote against nominees who will be the very worst of this anti-immigrant, anti-middle-class, billionaires’ club cabinet,” the bitter New York Democrat said.

He said earlier Monday that he would also demand delays in action on the nominees until they say where they stand on President Trump’s new executive order imposing a temporary ban on travel from seven terrorism-connected countries and a temporary halt to admitting new refugees.

 

Schumer did vote to confirm the picks that have cleared so far to lead the CIA, Homeland Security and the Defense Department. He also voted to confirm the new ambassador to the U.N.