For a politician that wraps himself in the cloak of bipartisanship, Colorado’s U.S. Senator Michael Bennet seems to be at the middle of some seriously childish Washington behavior. Today, the Denver Post ran a Washington Post article that noted several committees attempted to block or slow-walk the confirmation of several of President Trump’s cabinet picks.
In the Senate Finance Committee, of which Bennet is a member, Democrats boycotted votes on Steven Mnuchin’s nomination to serve as Treasury Secretary and Rep. Tom Price’s nomination to serve as head of Health and Human Services. Then, in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, of which Bennet also is a member, Democrats tried to delay a vote on Betsy DeVos, who President Trump nominated to serve as Secretary of Education.
Bennet already has confirmed that he will vote against DeVos’ confirmation (although why he is carrying water for the teachers union is beyond us – the teachers unions did not even help his re-election campaign). Given Democrats’ vitriol as of late, we would not be shocked if he was a “no” vote on Mnuchin and Price. To which we say – who cares? Why delay the vote? Just vote no.
In fact, by delaying the vote, Democrats are actually just monkey-wrenching the federal government. But don’t take our word for it. Here is what two seasoned U.S. Senators had to say about Democrats’ childish antics, according to the Washington Post.
Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey:
“We did not inflict this kind of obstructionism on President Obama.” Democrats were committing “a completely unprecedented level of obstruction. This is not what the American people expect of the United States Senate.”
Republican U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch:
“Some of this is just because they don’t like the president. I think they ought to stop posturing and acting like idiots.”
And where was Bennet to explain his childish behavior? According to the Denver Post’s D.C. correspondent, Mark Matthews, he was nowhere to be found:
— Mark K Matthews (@mkmatthews) January 31, 2017
We’ll keep you posted, PeakNation™. To be continued….