18 Jul '17, 5pm

US Senate confirms Shanahan, but Democrats still slowing Trump picks

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the Pentagon’s new No. 2, Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan, 92-7, but Democrats say they will continue to delay Trump administration nominees. Shanahan advanced as the White House and Senate Republicans are voicing ever louder complaints about Senate Democrats obstructing President Donald Trump’s nominees to run the federal government. In spite of the apparent collapse of Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which seemed to be motivating Democratic dilatory tactics, Democrats plan to stay the course, according to the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Sen. Richard Durbin. “This notion of reconciliation all the way, take it or leave it, creates a very poisonous atmosphere,” Durbin, of Illinois, said Tuesday of Senate Republican leadership. “We are looking for a demonstration from the Republican leadership that t...

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