Senate Democrats are blocking President Trump’s political nominees at unprecedented rates, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on Monday.
“The Senate is conducting the slowest confirmation process in American history,” Short told reporters at the White House.
Short accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of spearheading an “unprecedented campaign of obstruction” against Trump’s nominees.
“It is the will of the American people that is being denied,” Short said.
White House officials distributed a fact sheet to reporters on Monday that highlighted the number of nominees who have seen their confirmations stall in the Senate since Inauguration Day.
“Of the 197 presidential nominations to agencies, the Senate has only confirmed 48,” the White House noted in a statement. “Only 2 of President Trump’s 23 judicial nominations have actually been confirmed by the Senate.”
While Senate Democrats have faced criticism for blocking Trump’s appointments, the administration has also taken fire for its slow pace of nominating officials to fill the hundreds of vacant positions throughout the government.