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McConnell: Dems need to ‘grow up,’ work with GOP on speedy confirmations

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday he wants to have complete records and papers from President-elect Donald Trump‘s Cabinet nominees before confirmation votes are held.

“We want to have all the records in, all the papers completed before they’re actually confirmed on the Senate floor,” McConnell said Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”

The director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) on Saturday accused Senate Republicans of rushing forward nominees for Trump’s administration. There are are nine confirmation hearings scheduled for the coming week, including six set to take place Wednesday.

In a letter to Senate Democrats, Walter Shaub Jr. said the busy hearing schedule has overwhelmed his office. He said the OGE has not yet completed ethics screening reviews for several nominees.

“This schedule has created undue pressure on OGE’s staff and agency ethics officials to rush through these important reviews.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren called Saturday for the Senate to postpone confirmation hearings until the ethics screenings are complete, as did the Democratic National Committee.

“Cabinet officials must put our country’s interests before their own. No [confirmation] hearings should be held until we’re certain that’s the case,” Warren tweeted.

McConnell said Sunday that Democrats’ procedural complaints stem from frustrated they lost the election.

“I was in Sen. Schumer’s position eight years ago. I know how it feels when you’re coming into a new situation that the other guys won the election,” McConnell said.

“So all of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration in having not only lost the White House but having lost the Senate. I understand that, but we need to sort of grow up here and get past that.”

McConnell said the president needs to have his national security team in place immediately when he assumes office, adding that the process will move as fast as it did under President Obama eight years ago.

“And papers are still coming in,” he said, “and so I’m optimistic that we will be able to get up to seven nominees on day one, just like we did eight years ago.”

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