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Trump’s Cabinet Racks Up ‘No’ Votes in Senate

Congress has delivered more votes against Trump's Cabinet than the last four presidents' Cabinets combined

The most contentious Trump Cabinet vote so far was Betsy DeVos to be Education secretary, where Vice President Mike Pence had to cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm her. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Last updated at 3:25 p.m. on March 2

With the president historically unpopular, Senate Democrats seem to feel free to go on record against his picks to run executive departments.

Congress has delivered to President Donald Trump’s nominees 388 “no” votes. That’s more than the total “no” votes for the nominees of the four previous presidents combined.

And Trump still has several Cabinet positions coming up for vote in the Senate — Agriculture secretary, and the consideration of a new nominee for Labor. 

The chart below compares the votes for the initial department head nominees for the five most recent administrations:

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This post has been updated since original posting to reflect the confirmation votes of Rick Perry and Ben Carson on Thursday, March 2, Ryan Zinke on Wednesday, March 1 and Wilbur Ross on Monday, Feb. 27 evening. 

 

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