Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm President Biden’s nominees. Last night, Senator Schumer filed cloture on twenty-two of President Biden’s qualified nominees facing Republican obstruction. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Last night I filed cloture on twenty-two of President Biden’s nominees that to date have been pointlessly stalled by Republican obstruction. Twenty-two. We are going to work until they are all confirmed by this chamber. And we may need to add more.
In past years, many of these nominees would have sailed through with consent and cooperation, but this year a handful of Republicans have hijacked the rules of the Senate to slow the process down. It’s cynical, it’s entirely pointless, and worst of all it’s damaging–seriously damaging–to our national security.
This is the consequence of Republican obstruction. We’re going to work on getting these nominations confirmed as long as it takes.
And we could be back here in the near future doing this whole thing over again.
For all the tortured logic we hear coming from the other side for why these nominations remain frozen, the fact is that my Republican colleagues who are holding these nominations up are deliberately making the American people less safe, and making it harder for the Administration to address the national security and economic challenges that face our nation.
It is simply unacceptable and we are going to work to confirm these important nominees.