Tuesday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) spoke on the Senate floor to lay out her deep and continuing concerns with a number of President Trump’s cabinet nominees, many of whom have had hearings before Senate committees. Sen. Murray highlighted specific concerns with Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor. Each of these nominees do not represent the working class that Trump promised to stand with during his campaign. Instead, he’s cozying up to Wall Street and the “big business” he promised to “drain from the swamp,” who now make up most of his cabinet.
“As we all remember, President Trump said he was going to ‘drain the swamp,’ but he seems to think the way to do that is by filling it with even bigger swamp creatures,” Murray said. “He said he was going to stand with the working class and fight Wall Street and big business – but he’s nominated a cabinet full of: Wall Street bankers, billionaires and millionaires, friends, insiders, and campaign contributors.”
Murray also talked about the devastating impact of Trump’s callous and un-American executive order that restricts Muslim immigrants and bans refugees, leaving families in limbo and causing chaos at U.S. airports. She spoke about how Democrats will stand up to Trump for families who could be torn apart as a result of the ban.
“With the stroke of a pen, the Trump Administration caused chaos and heartbreak for hundreds of families, many of whom are our friends, our neighbors, and our co-workers,” she said. “On Saturday night, members of this Congress – including myself – were denied answers to even the most basic questions from border enforcement officials—questions that affect the people we represent. And while I’m glad that a federal judge quickly issued a stay, and that the Department of Homeland Security has since provided further guidance on the executive order, many questions remain and too many lives hang in the balance.”
She also said, “Ms. DeVos refused to rule out slashing investments in or privatizing public schools. She was confused about the need for federal protections for students with disabilities. She argued that guns needed to be allowed in schools across the country to ‘protect from grizzlies.’ And even though she was willing to say that President Trump’s behavior toward women should be considered sexual assault – she wouldn’t commit to actually enforcing federal law protecting women and girls in our schools…I would say I was shocked at this candidate’s lack of qualifications to serve, but at this point, nothing surprises me when it comes to President Trump’s new Administration.”
She closed with, “We Democrats consider it our job to stand up when President Trump tries to hurt the families we represent.”