WATCH | Democratic members of the Senate are obstructing President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, and this is slowing down the president’s agenda.
Democratic members of the Senate are slow rolling President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.
"We may not have the votes to stop him, but we sure as heck need to make it clear to the Republicans and to the American people exactly who Donald Trump is putting in charge of our government," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said.
And Trump's administration is feeling the effects of the Senate Democrats' efforts.
“If you had Tom Price at HHS on day one I think you would have seen them start to dismantle ObamaCare much more quickly,” Heritage Foundation Vice President of Publishing Rob Bluey told Circa.
In terms of the day-to-day operations, the agencies are largely unaffected.
“Most agencies are really on automatic pilot," George Washington University Professor Lara Brown told Circa. "They do have acting individuals who are able to guide the civil service.”
But in order to get the sweeping reform Trump promised, he needs leadership. For example, the President has high hopes trade reform but needs prospective US Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer to be in place for that to happen. He also wants tax reform. But for that, he will need treasury secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin.
“In the case of Treasury, there’s big talk in Washington about tax reform.
Well if you don’t have someone to lead the agency and help guide it and negotiate with Congress it’s difficult to be able to get started on that work," Bluey said.
But it's also up to the Republican-led Congress to continue the momentum started by Trump's executive orders to get their promised pro-growth agenda moving.
“Congress has to first write the legislation, and then the president has to sign it before it even gets to the agencies to be implemented," Brown said.
Despite delays, Trump has still found a way to get around confirmation obstructions, especially on issues like immigration.
“He had to fire the acting Attorney General because she wasn’t willing to implement his policies," Bluey noted.
The message Trump is sending even if you aren't his nominee, if you refuse to implement his big policy changes, you'll get replaced.