McConnell wants 6 or 7 Trump cabinet nominees approved on 'day 1'

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he hopes to get a half-dozen or more members of Donald Trump's cabinet confirmed by his first day in office next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he hopes to get a half-dozen or more members of Donald Trump's cabinet confirmed by his first day in office next week.

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Monday, January 9, 2017, 1:05 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he hopes to get a half-dozen or more members of Donald Trump's cabinet confirmed by his first day in office next week — while insisting that they will be "properly vetted."

"Everybody will be properly vetted as they have been in the past, and I'm hopeful that we'll get up to six or seven — particularly national security team in place — on day one," McConnell said as he exited a meeting with the President-elect at Trump Tower on Monday.

Those comments stem from building tensions in the Senate over McConnell's rush to move through confirmation hearings for more than half of Trump's cabinet this week, even though some of Trump's nominees haven't submitted all the paperwork that past nominees have or cleared the FBI background check that cabinet appointees almost always clear before their hearings.

The Senate has an intense slate of confirmation hearings this week.

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President-elect Donald Trump met with Mitch McConnell at Trump Tower on Monday.

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McConnell said he and Trump "had a good meeting about the Senate's agenda, which of course includes confirming the cabinet appointments, getting further down the road towards repealing and replacing Obamacare."

Republicans are also grappling with a way forward on repealing Obamacare, with some GOP senators disagreeing with McConnell's plan to repeal the healthcare law before the party has a plan to replace it.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), McConnell's home-state colleague and sometime adversary, tweeted Monday that he'll unveil his own bill to replace the law this week. A handful of other Republican senators have warned that it's a bad idea to pass legislation to repeal the law without having a replacement ready.Send a Letter to the Editor

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