Budget Vote and Senate Confirmations

Budget Vote and Senate Confirmations

Budget Vote

Republicans and Democrats saw eye-to-eye on a new budget, thankfully. The Senate rescheduled the 2-year budget and debt ceiling vote to late last week to ensure enough Republican support was behind the bill. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) expressed concern the day before voting took place saying “We’ll find out tomorrow. But we’ve been working it, as you know, and the Democrats and the Republicans are both going to have to deliver votes for this, but I would say failure is not an option.”

Republican concerns were alleviated when the vote passed 67-28.

Kelly Craft Confirmed as UN Ambassador

Kelly Craft has been confirmed by the Senate as the new US ambassador to the United Nations. The 56-34 vote included five Democratic Senators voting in favor of Craft.

Craft was formerly our Canadian ambassador before her new appointment. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recommended Craft to her new position after seeing great success in her previous position. Let’s see what she can do with the UN.

Senate Confirms More Judicial Nominees

The Senate was quite busy last week. Nine federal court nominees put forth by Trump were also approved. This will undoubtedly ensure that our courts are more fair and balanced.

The push to get confirmations taken care of came at the request of Sen. Mitch McConnell. The Senate goes on a month-long vacation soon and McConnell wanted as many judges confirmed as possible before then. He invoked the nuclear option, which cuts down on debate time, to speed up the process.

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