(Think Progress) -- Imagine being stopped at a police checkpoint with no explanation, and then watching a limousine roll up and get waved directly through by the same cop who’s had you pulled onto the shoulder for an hour. Later, fuming, you turn on the radio and find out the guy got rich enough to buy that limo by breaking the rules you’re expected to live by every day at work.
That’s the kind of ire Republicans are inviting this week by subverting Senate rules to ensure three of President Donald Trump’s most controversial cabinet picks can move ahead despite ongoing scandals. All three are benefiting from the rigged system which Trump promised his voters would end if they picked a japing reality TV mogul to lead the free world.
Democrats had boycotted Senate Finance Committee confirmation votes for Treasury pick Steve Mnuchin and Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price, demanding that chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) delay the votes so they would have time to fully scrutinize the two men’s sketchy business dealings. In the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Dems refused to allow a vote until chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) forced Environmental Protection Agency nominee Scott Pruitt to give full and honest answers to the written questions they had put to him.
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