Sen. Chris Coons Regrets Making Appointments Simpler to Confirm

November 29, 2016

Senator Chris Coons (D., Del.) said on CNN Tuesday that he regrets the rule change Senate Democrats made to the nomination process.

"The filibuster no longer acts as an emergency brake on the nomination," Coons said.

The senator was questioned on the nomination process and the rule changes that senate Democrats had made in order to keep Republicans from derailing their selected nominees.

Coons admitted that Democrats had watered down the nomination process after Kate Bolduan mentioned that Republicans could now take advantage of the simpler consent process.

"I do regret that. Frankly I think many of us will regret that in this congress because it would have been a terrific speed bump, potential emergency break, to have in our system to slow down the confirmation of extreme nominees," Coons said.

Coons continued saying that blocking President-elect Trump’s appointments now came down to the will of the American people, arguing that the general public will find his nominees too extreme and sound the alarm with their senators.

After mentioning the election results and arguing that the American people did not give Trump an overwhelming mandate as Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and Senate Democrats won more votes than their Republican counterparts, John Berman reminded the senator that Donald Trump had won the White House.

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