SEN. GRASSLEY: Democrats want two sets of rules for Republican and Democrat cabinet nominees

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Democrats are already lecturing Republican senators about approving future Biden cabinet nominees even if we don’t agree with them.

 

That’s rich. In other words, they are saying, “Don’t follow our example from the past four years.” 

 

They want two sets of rules for Republican and Democrat cabinet nominees, just like they want with judicial nominees.

 

President Obama had six cabinet secretaries approved by the Senate on his inauguration day without needing a roll call vote so he could hit the ground running.

 

President Trump had none by voice vote, and only two were approved by roll call votes.

 

Trump cabinet and subcabinet nominees, even ones that had been confirmed easily in previous Republican administrations, faced obstruction and partisan no votes.

 

Many Democrat senators who aspired to be president voted against virtually every single Trump nominee no matter how qualified.

 

My position has always been that a president should have the ability to choose for his own cabinet people he gets along with and who agree with him on policy, provided of course that they are qualified and will follow the law.

 

That’s the way it should be. It is how I have approached nominees to date. But, how can Senate Republicans be sure that if we employ that standard, Democrats will play fair with the next Republican president? 

 

I don’t want retaliation for its own sake. But, the threat of holding Democrat senators to their own standards has been our only means of deterrence.

 

I want to hear from Democrats why we should not now adopt their standards and vote down nominees based on politics.