Since entering office, President Trump has had trouble getting his appointments and nominees approved by Congress to fill the much-needed roles in his administration.
Lately, he’s been trying to get the position of United States assistant attorney general for antitrust filled by Makan Delrahim. But Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has put a hold on Delrahim because she believes his nomination “puts the interests of giant corporations ahead of the American people,” reports Bloomberg.
In June, Delrahim was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 19-1 vote. It was then expected that his name would hit the Senate floor in a timely manner, but Warren’s block has now pushed any hope of confirmation back to September.
Her allegation of Delrahim’s nomination favoring giant corporations is because of his work history with law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck for 12 years. Many of his clients were large corporations like Comcast and Anthem Inc., and he has been a lobbyist for government deals with companies like Google and Johnson & Johnson.
Warren has been a staunch advocate against big corporations and was a supporter of “A Better Deal.” This “better deal” was a Democrat agenda seeking to prevent companies from gaining too much control over the markets through regulations that restrict monopolies and mergers.
It’s also no surprise that she would oppose Trump’s latest nominee, considering her strong anti-Trump sentiments. Last month she was an outspoken voice in the “resist Trump” movement when Republicans sought to repeal Obamacare.
At a rally in Massachusetts, she charged the audience to “persist” and “fight” and to not let up if they managed to defy Trump. “Keep in mind that right behind Trump is another Republican who does not share our values. You get to fight because it’s the fight that matters,” Warren said.
Her strong disgust for the Republican health care bill in June led her to post a video with a tweet that put her in hot water. The video was of Warren criticizing the bill from her office, and the tweet said, “I’ve read the Republican “health care” bill. This is blood money. They’re paying for tax cuts with American lives.”
I’ve read the Republican “health care” bill. This is blood money. They’re paying for tax cuts with American lives. pic.twitter.com/298DLguNiM
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 22, 2017
Many were deeply offended by the tweet as it came shortly after the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). Many were concerned her words could incite another attack against Republicans.
Some bashed the tweet for its inherent irony as she accused Republicans of blood money and taking American lives while her video laments the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the champion of the abortion industry.
Warren’s resistance to Delrahim’s nomination is part of the much larger problem Trump has of filling roles in the government, according to CNBC. The failure to fill critical positions, such as the assistant role he hoped Delrahim would fill, has made it hard for Trump to achieve his agenda and function as president.
Members of Congress have dragged their feet on approving Trump’s nominees and other appointments to crucial positions. Do you think they should put politics aside and move these appointments along to fully staff the government?
Max Stier, CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, says Trump’s ability to fill the roles could be placed on the backburner indefinitely thanks to other responsibilities and concerns. “Once you fall behind, it’s very hard to catch up…there are a lot of competing priorities. The urgent can crowd out the important. There are things to deal with like the Russia investigation and health care reform,” he said.
Though Democrats like Warren believe their resistance efforts are in the best interest of the American people, their actions simply obstruct progress at the White House. Much-needed reforms and regulations are moving through too slowly and the elected president of the United States is handicapped by Democrats upset over losing the election.
Senator Warren and others need to realize their blatant refusal to cooperate doesn’t solve anything and they should be willing to seek compromise or make their seats available to those who will.