Nominations

Ep. 39: Not Even the Usually Lofty Senate Can Escape the Trump Tumult
The Big Story

The Senate is known for its courtesies and decorum, but it’s just two weeks into the Donald Trump administration and the chamber has become as chaotic as it’s been in a long time, says CQ Roll Call’s senior editor David Hawkings. The carping and parliamentary brinkmanship over Cabinet nominees could bode ill for the legislative agenda ahead, say CQ Roll Call’s leadership editor Jason Dick and senior reporter Niels Lesniewski.

Show Notes:

Committee Approves Librarian of Congress Nominee
Carla Hayden would be the first woman and African-American to lead Library

Carla D. Hayden, President Barack Obama's nominee to the Library of Congress, at a Senate hearing in April. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Carla D. Hayden is one step closer to becoming the first African-American and woman to head the Library of Congress.  

The Senate Rules and Administration Committee approved Hayden's nomination by voice vote Thursday. Chairman Roy Blunt of Missouri said he expects her nomination to move to the floor this month.

Democrats Hold Up SEC Nominations, Seek Campaign Spending Accountability
Sens. Schumer, Warren, Merkley, Menendez oppose nominees before banking panel

Charles Schumer said answers so far have been "gobbledygook." (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

A vote on a pair of Securities and Exchange Commission nominees was postponed Thursday as Senate Democrats sought more clarity on how they would use their roles to force more accountability on campaign financing.  

The SEC nominees, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, had been asked by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., to outline their positions on a proposed rule designed to require corporations to detail their political spending for investors.  

Vote on Controversial Nominee Exposes Political Risk of Nuclear Option

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Likely fearful of attack ads, seven Senate Democrats joined Republicans on Wednesday to block the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be the next assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.  

Three of those Democrats — Chris Coons of Delaware, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and John Walsh of Montana — are on the ballot this fall. The others either had regional ties to the controversy dogging Adegbile or are from red states. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa. voted against cloture, as did Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia.