Senate Democrats on Wednesday abandoned the all-night “talk-a-thons” they staged the prior two nights to protest votes on two of President Trump’s key Cabinet nominees, even though a third nominee opposed by Democrats is set to get a vote early Friday.
From Washington Examiner
Democratic leaders didn’t offer a public explanation for the move, but it came after their all-night debate sessions Monday and Tuesday failed to move the needle on Trump’s picks.
On Monday, Senate Democrats said they would be up all night to protest the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Trump’s education secretary. Senators spoke all day Monday and into the evening, and worked to generate support from followers.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., cited rallies outside the capitol in which people opposed DeVos’ nomination.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 7, 2017
DeVos was confirmed 51-50, after Vice President Pence broke a 50-50 deadlock.
Undeterred, Democrats held the Senate open all night again on Tuesday to speak against another key nominee.
“Senate Democrats are once again going to hold the floor all night — this time to speak out against Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general,” Democrats said on their Facebook page.
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