‘We are not going to give up’: Republicans in Trump’s Cabinet pick fight
Republican senators are reportedly going all-in on their president’s pick for secretary of health and human services, arguing that they can’t trust the nominee’s business record or her ability to get the job done.
“We are going to have a hard time with this nominee,” Sen. Susan Collins Susan Margaret CollinsGOP senators slam Kavanaugh for not speaking out against Kavanaugh Senate panel to vote on Kavanaugh confirmation MORE (R-Maine) said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.
“We are confident that the secretary of HHS can and will deliver on her promise to make sure that the healthcare of all Americans is not only a priority for us, but also one of the top priorities for the president.”
The Senate Health Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday on the nominee, who is widely expected to be announced Tuesday.
Sen. Ron Johnson Ronald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump is the ‘strongest, best president that we’ve ever had’ GOP senator says GOP Senate candidate should be removed from ballot for refusing to endorse TrumpOvernight Health Care: GOP mulls options to keep insurers from dropping coverage amid Obamacare push | Dem wants to ban TrumpCare from being sold | Trump vows to make America ‘great again’ again | ‘We will take care of everybody’: GOP senators vow to hold hearingsTrump to announce Cabinet picks soon on health care: Sen. Collins MORE (Wis.) has previously said he’s not interested in the job, while Sen. Lamar Alexander Andrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderDems push back on using federal funds for political campaigns Hillicon Valley: 50M affected by Facebook hack | Google to end data collection on users over suspected ties to Russia | Judge halts ‘hostile cyber’ search of D.C. office | Uber board member resigns after sexual harassment allegationsTrump nominates new FBI director over Kavanaugh allegation MORE (Tenn.) said he would support her if she were nominated.
Trump has yet to make an official announcement about who will fill the role.
The president and Vice President Pence will meet with several Cabinet secretaries in a private meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Chuck Patricia D’AlesandroDemocrats push back against Trump’s Kavanaugh push Senate Dems seek answers on opioid bill as senators consider Kavanaugh’s nomination MORE (D-N.Y.) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday that Trump should be able to select a Cabinet secretary without Senate confirmation.
“You can do it,” Schumer said.
“If you’re a Democrat and you have a candidate who’s opposed to the president, he has to be confirmed.
That is not a requirement.”
Schumer added that he believes Trump is willing to put his thumb on the scale for the cabinet.
“He’s willing to let the Senate do its job.
If they are going against the president and if they are not, they can say, ‘I can’t confirm it.
I don’t want it,'” Schumer said on “Face The Nation.”
Sen. Patty Murray Patricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Energy: House panel votes to relax methane rule | EPA limits methane output for 1 year | Senators unveil legislation to protect endangered species | GOP pushes for 1% gas tax hike MORE (Ore.) said she thinks Trump will make the right choice.
“I think that this administration is going to make the best choice for our country.
He is going not to make any mistakes,” Murray said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Murray also said that the president is “entitled” to appoint the cabinet pick who he believes would serve the best interest of the country.
“It’s up to him, and I think that’s a very important principle,” Murray added.