“Let me be clear: Democrats will allow the confirmations of and votes for nominees who would not have been chosen by our party, but what we will not support are nominees who are so extreme in their viewpoints or noncompliance with ethics laws and practice that they’ve demonstrated themselves to be unfit,” Schumer told reporters Thursday.
Among the Cabinet picks that will not be part of that first batch will be Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s health chief pick. Democrats are furious about the Roswell Republican’s views on health care, entitlements and past stock trades, and they are expected to drag out consideration of his nomination.
Given that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s nomination for agriculture chief was not formally announced until Thursday, it will take at least a few weeks before the Senate will be in position to vote on him.
Georgians in D.C.
With gloomy weather in the forecast and droves of Democrats boycotting, some expect a lighter-than-usual crowd for the parade and swearing-in ceremony. But a steady stream of Georgians arrived Thursday on Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress and pick up their tickets to the swearing-in.
Colt Chambers, a 21-year-old who is chairman of the Rome Young Republicans, visited Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office.
“I’ve supported Donald Trump since he jumped in the race, and I wanted to be here when he became president,” Chambers said. “I just want to take it all in — I know a lot of people aren’t happy Trump won, but he did. And now we need to unite.”
Carter said nearly 200 constituents from his coastal 1st District are in town for the festivities.
Others are here for less partisan reasons. Brandon Seigler, a Woodward Academy history teacher, plans to soak in the atmosphere on Friday — but he says he won’t be buried taking copious notes.
“I’ve been preaching to my students that, no matter the feelings they have about the winner, this peaceful transition is a miracle,” Seigler said. “And I want to experience it.”
What exactly they will experience remains to be seen. Trump’s team has given little indication about what exactly they will push as they brace for the first week in the White House filled with confirmation hearings for his Cabinet, meetings with foreign leaders and negotiations with a Republican-controlled Congress.
“I think he’ll surprise everyone,” Isakson said.
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