Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee and is known for being genteel and mild-mannered, has absolutely had it with the infantile behavior of his Democrat peers in Congress.
“I’m very disappointed in this kind of crap,” he said after Democrats walked out of a committee hearing Monday. “Some of this is because they just don’t like the president.”
“This is the most pathetic thing I’ve seen in my whole time in the United States Senate,” he reportedly added.
While Hatch remained soft-spoken as he is wont to do, make no mistake: These were fighting words from the Utah Republican. Listen to his full scathing statement below:
The senator’s anger was reportedly driven by the Democrats’ insistence on boycotting the confirmation votes for Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee Tom Price and Department of the Treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin.
“We have great concern that Chairman Hatch is asking us to vote today on two nominees who out-and-out lied to our committee,” Sen. Sherrod Brown reportedly complained, suggesting that Price and Mnuchin were unfit to serve.
Democrats were concerned about Price’s “investment activity in various medical companies, and whether he improperly mixed his political activity with his personal portfolio” and about Mnuchin’s time as head of OneWest Bank. Whether the bank had fairly treated homeowners facing foreclosure was central to Mnuchin’s testimony, according to The Hill.
Perhaps these were legitimate concerns, but the Democrats could have just as easily expressed their displeasure with Price and Mnuchin by voting against them. Instead they opted to act like babies and walk out of the committee hearing altogether, thus galvanizing Hatch into action.
Sen. Hatch is furious about Dem boycott: “This is the most pathetic thing I’ve seen in my whole time in the United States Senate.”
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) January 31, 2017
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 31, 2017
Ever since President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, Democrat lawmakers have attempted to stonewall him at every turn. It used to be merely annoying, but it has escalated into a major problem — and as Hatch himself noted, “this kind of crap” needs to stop, and now.
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