Objecting to President Trump's Cabinet Nominees 

The Durbin Report
2017-02-10 17:50:24
The Durbin Report: A message from Senator Richard J. Durbin <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_head er_3.png> Fellow Illinoisan, As a United States Senator, it is my constitutional duty to thoroughly review President Trump's nominations to positions in the Cabinet and our federal agencies. America needs people of unquestionable integrity to lead our nation's federal agencies�yet many of President Trump's nominees have failed to live up to this standard. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15377.11932902.8952483.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dkq_JaJDbooQ&redir_log=858662244547298> Click here to watch me speak on the U.S. Senate floor on why Senator Sessions should not be the person to lead the Justice Department. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15377.11932902.8952483.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dkq_JaJDbooQ&redir_log=858662244547298> This week, the Senate confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions to be United States Attorney General. On issue after issue, Senator Sessions has said that, as Attorney General, he would simply "follow the law." But it is also the duty of our nation's chief law enforcement officer to use her discretion to choose when to enforce the law and to stand up to the President when his actions do not serve the interests of justice. With our nation divided and the President having already fired an Attorney General for standing up to him, we need an independent Attorney General willing to defend our Constitution and stand up for what's right. I voted against Senator Sessions because I did not have confidence he could serve as the independent Attorney General our nation needs. I also opposed the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education. Our children deserve an Education Secretary who will choose students over corporate and for-profit interests; who understands and cares about the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, and students of color; and who is willing to do what is necessary to avoid conflicts of interest. Clearly, Ms. DeVos is not that person. Other Cabinet nominees' records and views have raised similar concerns. The nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has spent his career working to weaken environmental protections and rejects the idea that human activity is responsible for climate change. Congressman Tom Price has been nominated to be head of the Department of Health and Human Services, but on issue after issue, Congressman Price's legislative record runs in contrast to the mission of the very department he has been nominated to lead. This is a man who wants to privatize the Medicare program � leaving seniors on their own to find health insurance. A man who wants to make draconian cuts to the Medicaid program � a program which provides health services to people of all ages, including children and seniors. A man who wants to dictate what health services are available to women. He is not the right person for this job. Thank you to those who have called, tweeted, wrote, emailed, and faxed over the past few weeks to share your opposition to President Trump's nominees. Your voices were heard. Our efforts may have fallen short, but we must continue making our voices heard. I will remain vigilant and work to make certain the newly-confirmed Cabinet members uphold the Constitution and the missions of the agencies they now lead. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15377.11932902.8952483.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww facebook.com%2fSenatorDurbin%2fposts%2f1253938151308522&redir_log=12793 1276546381> Sincerely, Dick Durbin United States Senator <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_foot er.PNG> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15377.11932902.8952483.7246002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. durbin.senate.gov%2fcontact%2fnewsletter%2funsubscribe&redir_log=0735230 51375425> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501103903%250102-10-2017%2bObjecting%2bto%2bPre sident%2bTrump%25e2%2580%2599s%2bCabinet%2bNominees%250115377.11932902.8 952483.7246002%2501durbin%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501> Click here to forward this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx ard=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501103903%250102-10-2017%2bObjecting%2bto%2bPresid ent%2bTrump%25e2%2580%2599s%2bCabinet%2bNominees%250115377.11932902.8952 483.7246002%2501durbin%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501> Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =SenDurbin%2501103903%250102-10-2017%2bObjecting%2bto%2bPresident%2bTrum p%25e2%2580%2599s%2bCabinet%2bNominees%250115377.11932902.8952483.724600 2%2501durbin%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501> Click here to comment on this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx y=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501103903%250102-10-2017%2bObjecting%2bto%2bPresiden t%2bTrump%25e2%2580%2599s%2bCabinet%2bNominees%250115377.11932902.895248 3.7246002%2501durbin%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501>

 

Fellow Illinoisan,

As a United States Senator, it is my constitutional duty to thoroughly review President Trump’s nominations to positions in the Cabinet and our federal agencies. America needs people of unquestionable integrity to lead our nation’s federal agencies—yet many of President Trump’s nominees have failed to live up to this standard.

Click here to watch me speak on the U.S. Senate floor on why Senator Sessions should not be the person to lead the Justice Department. 

This week, the Senate confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions to be United States Attorney General. On issue after issue, Senator Sessions has said that, as Attorney General, he would simply “follow the law.” But it is also the duty of our nation’s chief law enforcement officer to use her discretion to choose when to enforce the law and to stand up to the President when his actions do not serve the interests of justice. With our nation divided and the President having already fired an Attorney General for standing up to him, we need an independent Attorney General willing to defend our Constitution and stand up for what’s right.  I voted against Senator Sessions because I did not have confidence he could serve as the independent Attorney General our nation needs. 

I also opposed the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education. Our children deserve an Education Secretary who will choose students over corporate and for-profit interests; who understands and cares about the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, and students of color; and who is willing to do what is necessary to avoid conflicts of interest. Clearly, Ms. DeVos is not that person.

Other Cabinet nominees’ records and views have raised similar concerns. The nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has spent his career working to weaken environmental protections and rejects the idea that human activity is responsible for climate change. Congressman Tom Price has been nominated to be head of the Department of Health and Human Services, but on issue after issue, Congressman Price’s legislative record runs in contrast to the mission of the very department he has been nominated to lead. This is a man who wants to privatize the Medicare program – leaving seniors on their own to find health insurance. A man who wants to make draconian cuts to the Medicaid program – a program which provides health services to people of all ages, including children and seniors. A man who wants to dictate what health services are available to women. He is not the right person for this job. 

Thank you to those who have called, tweeted, wrote, emailed, and faxed over the past few weeks to share your opposition to President Trump’s nominees. Your voices were heard. Our efforts may have fallen short, but we must continue making our voices heard. I will remain vigilant and work to make certain the newly-confirmed Cabinet members uphold the Constitution and the missions of the agencies they now lead.

Sincerely,

Dick Durbin
United States Senator

 

 

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