Senate Republicans ignore Democratic boycott and change rules to push Trump nominees

  • When Senate Democrats refused to show up to vote on two Trump’s cabinet nominees Wednesday, Republicans didn’t let that stop them: They just changed the rules.
  • The Senate Finance Committee, faced with the second day of a Democratic boycott, took the rare step of suspending the rules to advance the nominations for the proposed Department of Treasury secretary and Department of Health and Human Services secretary, Steve Mnuchin and Tom Price.
  • With no Democrats in the room for the second day in a row, the GOP members voted 14-0 to allow the nominations to proceed to the full Senate floor.
  • The rules typically require at least one Democrat to be present for a vote to take place. Read more

This what a ‘rigged’ ‘swamp’ looks like. This is what 'zero ethics’ looks like.

“[ex-Goldman Sachs banker] Steven T. Mnuchin, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick to be Treasury secretary, failed to disclose nearly $100 million of his assets on Senate Finance Committee disclosure documents and forgot to mention his role as a director of an investment fund located in a tax haven.”

Not paying taxes are #TrumpValues


Senate Democrats stage walkout to block two Trump cabinet nominees

  • Senate Democrats staged a walkout from a committee hearing on Tuesday, effectively blocking two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees from receiving a confirmation vote.
  • The walkout occurred during a Senate Finance Committee vote on Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price and Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin.
  • Without a Democrat present during the committee vote, the nomination process can’t proceed, according to Senate rules. Read more.
A Win for Organ Equality in MD!

The Maryland Senate Finance committee just unanimously voted to send SB 792, the Nondiscrimination in Access to Anatomical Gifts and Organ Transplantation to the full Maryland Senate. All of the Committee members have signed on as cosponsors.

The bill, which is based on ASAN’s model legislation on organ transplant discrimination, would make it illegal for doctors, hospitals, and transplant centers to deny a necessary organ transplant based solely on a patient’s disability. Health providers would be required to consider a person’s support system when deciding whether or not a person would be able to keep up with post-transplant treatment. The bill would also allow fast court resolution if discrimination occurs.

The bill has the support of The Arc Maryland, ASAN, Maryland Disability Law Center, Maryland Association of Community Services, People on the Go, National Down Syndrome Society, Maryland Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition, the Maryland DD Council, and Independence Now.