A Quick Update on Trump’s Cabinet, and an Early Democratic Report Card

This has been a hard day to try to keep my eye on the Congressional ball. Trump’s gag rule on federal agencies, the head of border security resigning, top-level officials at the State Department being fired, Sean Spicer telling reporters that the border wall will be paid for with a 20% tax on goods from our second biggest trading partner that consumers will have to pay! 

OK, deep breath. The last thing I want to do is for this to revert into one of those blogs that tries to be about everything, but I admit, it’s hard trying to keep up with all the executive orders that Trump is releasing even though Republicans hated executive orders, like, a month ago!


So, to reset, here’s where things stand with Trump’s cabinet, since that’s the first Democratic line of defense against normalizing this presidency and a test they are, frankly, failing pretty badly:


Hearings Scheduled

February 1 – David Shulkin, nominee for Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs

February 2 – Andy Puzder, nominee for Secretary of Labor

Date TBD – Sonny Perdue, nominee for Secretary of Agriculture

Committee Vote Scheduled

January 31 – Jeff Sessions, nominee for Attorney General

January 31 – Betsy DeVos, nominee for Secretary of Education

Date TBD – Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), nominee for Secretary of the Interior

Date TBD – Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services

Date TBD – Steve Mnuchin, nominee for Secretary of the Treasury

Date TBD – Rick Perry, nominee for Secretary of Energy

Senate Vote Scheduled

January 30 – Rex Tillerson, nominee for Secretary of State

January 31 – Elaine Chao, nominee for Secretary of Transportation

Date TBD – Ben Carson, nominee for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Date TBD – Wilbur Ross, nominee for Secretary of Commerce


January 20 – Gen. John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security. Confirmed 88-11 by the Senate.

January 20 – James Mattis, Secretary of Defense. Confirmed 98-1 by the Senate


In addition to these cabinet-level posts, Nikki Haley was confirmed 96-4 to be America’s Representative to the United Nations, Mike Pompeo was confirmed 66-32 as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Democrats have had a front-row seat the last eight years to a show about how blanket obstruction of a president isn’t politically costly to an opposition party, and yet there’s been very little in the way of roadblocks for Trump’s nominees. The following Democrats have voted no for one or more, meaning they will probably get a lot of attention as we get closer to 2020. Also, if you’re new to donating politically, I urge you not to donate to party organizations like the DNC, DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) or DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee). If you want to reward politicians individually, the best way to do that is, well, individually:

Kamala Harris (D-CA) – No on Kelly, No on Pompeo

Michael Bennett (D-CO) – No on Pompeo

Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) – No on Kelly

Chris Coons (D-DE) – No on Haley

Thomas Carper (D-DE) – No on Pompeo

Bill Nelson (D-FL) – No on Pompeo

Mazie Hirono (D-HI) – No on Pompeo

Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) – No on Pompeo

Richard Durbin (D-IL) – No on Pompeo

Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) – No on Kelly, No on Pompeo

Ed Markey (D-MA) – No on Kelly

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) – No on Kelly, No on Pompeo

Gary Peters (D-MI) – No on Pompeo

Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) – No on Pompeo

Al Franken (D-MN) – No on Pompeo

Jon Tester (D-MT) – No on Pompeo

Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) – No on Kelly, No on Pompeo

Cory Booker (D-NJ) – No on Kelly, No on Pompeo

Bob Menendez (D-NJ) – No on Pompeo

Martin Heinrich (D-NM) – No on Kelly, No on Haley, No on Pompeo

Tom Udall (D-NM) – No on Kelly, No on Pompeo

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) – No on Kelly, No on Mattis, No on Pompeo

Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – No on Pompeo

Jeff Merkley (D-OR) – No on Kelly, No on Pompeo

Ron Wyden (D-OR) – No on Kelly, No on Pompeo

Bob Casey (D-PA) – No on Pompeo

Patrick Leahy (D-VT) – No on Pompeo

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – No on Haley, No on Pompeo

Timothy Kaine (D-VA) – No on Pompeo

Mark Warner (D-VA) – No on Pompeo

Maria Cantwell (D-WA) – No on Pompeo

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), No on Pompeo

I’ll hopefully figure out some way to do this in spreadsheet form by the time more votes are cast, but it’s important to me to track these things. Democrats need to realize the rule for “When to Obstruct Trump” is always, every day.


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