Barrasso: Time for Senate to Confirm Zinke, Perry at Interior and Energy “Governor Perry and Congressman Zinke have been nominated to do important jobs for the American people. They are qualified, they are ready, we need them in office to do these jobs now.
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“Governor Perry and Congressman Zinke have been nominated to do important jobs for the American people. They are qualified, they are ready, we need them in office to do these jobs now. There is bipartisan support. We need to vote not someday in the future – we need to vote now.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of Congressman Ryan Zinke’s nomination to be secretary of the Interior, and Governor Rick Perry’s nomination to be secretary of Energy.
Excerpts of Senator Barrasso’s remarks:
“Since Inauguration Day, the Senate has been slowly making its way through confirming cabinet secretaries.
“Democrats –it seems—have used just about every trick in the book to try to slow down the process.
“There are Democrats here in the Senate who are delaying things even when other Democrats in the Senate support the person who’s actually been nominated by the president.
“Remember when President Obama took office, Republicans were far more willing to let the president have the team that he wanted. He had won the election and was entitled to his cabinet.
“Well, we’re now 39 days into President Trump’s term, and the Senate has confirmed now 17 of his nominees.
“President Obama got 20 of his people confirmed in just the first 9 days.
“It does seem that the more Democrats delay, the more the American people will see that Democrats are just being childish and spiteful.
“One of the most recent people who the Democrats have been delaying is Congressman Ryan Zinke.
“He’s been nominated to be Secretary of the Department of Interior. Now we’ve all heard about his qualifications for the job.
“His time serving the people of Montana in the state senate, and in the House of Representatives is something that people hold up is to why he is qualified for this job.
“That he’s a Navy SEAL. He’s an adopted member of the Fort Peck Tribes.
“As a westerner, Ryan Zinke understands the importance of the position that he’s been nominated to fill.
“Don’t take my word for it. Listen to Senator Tester, Democrat from Montana who came to the confirmation hearing for Congressman Zinke, and he said so.
“He said, ‘I believe it is very important for someone who knows the West to serve as Interior Secretary.’
“He was full of praise for this nominee.
“Senator Tester actually took the time to come to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and tell all of us on the committee about his support of Congressman Zinke to be secretary of Interior.
“He actually said, ‘I am honored’ he said ‘to introduce Congressman Zinke to this committee,’ he went on to say, ‘I trust that this Navy SEAL will shoot straight as they always do.’
“The Department of the Interior manages an incredible amount of acreage, and water resources.
“It’s responsible for protecting thousands of species of animals and plants.