- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer balked Tuesday at Senate Democrats’ boycott of meetings to advance two key Cabinet nominees, warning that those senators would face retribution from voters in 2018.

“The mere idea that they are not even showing up for meetings is outrageous,” Mr. Spicer said at the daily White House press briefing. “Voters are going to remember.”

Senate Democrats boycotted a markup meeting of the Senate Finance Committee to block Treasury Secretary-designate Steve Mnuchin and Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Tom Price from advancing to a confirmation vote by the full Senate.

Senate Democrats, who have vowed to impede most of Mr. Trump’s Cabinet picks, cited reports that they said raised financial and ethics concerns about both nominees.

More than a week into the new administration, 16 of Mr. Trump’s Cabinet nominees await confirmation. By comparison, President Obama had seven nominees awaiting confirmation in 2009 and President George W. Bush had 2 awaiting confirmation in 2001.

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