Issue: Focus on Cabinet and Agency Appointments

It would be easy to let the president’s appointees slide through without criticism, but almost every single one is a disaster in one way or another. Pick the issues that matter the most to you, the appointment related to those issues, and ACT by contacting your Senators.

The ultimate measure of a man [person] is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Action #2 blog on January 8 was Know Your Politicians. If you haven’t done that yet, you’ll need to know your Senators for objecting to cabinet nominations. If you want more information on the Senate’s Advice and Consent see the Issue blog on January 18.

At the time of my writing this, I don’t know the schedule for Senate hearings on any specific nominee. As you do your own research about whatever nominee impacts you the most, remember to use the truth about them. See blog Action #4 dated January 22, Use Facts, for fact-checking sites and tools. The January 29th blog has details about Rex Tillerson, nominee for Secretary of State.

The first presidential appointment voted against by the Senate was for a person nominated by George Washington for a minor Naval post. Often, when negative information is released and made public in the media, the nominee or the president may remove the name from consideration. This happened to Linda Chavez, a conservative who strongly opposed labor unions, nominated by George W. Bush for Secretary of Labor. With a Republican Senate, it may seem like an uphill battle, but some of the nominees are so unqualified it would be an embarrassment for the Senate to approve them. As well, there could be a public outcry against them, which would force their dropping out. This may be a more realistic possibility today.

 

 

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