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TO: INTERESTED PARTIES FROM: Revolving Door Project & Demand Progress Education Fund RE: Dems Must Confront GOP Attacks on Dem Seats at the Independent Agencies  Date: 11/13/19   Trump & McConnell’s Stealth Nuclear Attack on Independent Agencies It is no secret that President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will abandon the basic ...

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TO: INTERESTED PARTIES

FROM: Revolving Door Project & Demand Progress Education Fund

RE: Dems Must Confront GOP Attacks on Dem Seats at the Independent Agencies 

Date: 11/13/19

 

Trump & McConnell’s Stealth Nuclear Attack on Independent Agencies

It is no secret that President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will abandon the basic norms that govern our democracy whenever it serves their interests. However, one important breach has gone largely undetected. 

Quietly, Trump and McConnell have undermined statutorily-mandated political balance on many independent agency boards by refusing to nominate Democrats, and slow-walking or blocking them in the Senate. 

By effectively undermining statutory guarantees of partisan diversity across many disparate agencies, Trump and McConnell have ruined an important avenue by which the party not in the White House exerts influence over a president’s administration. Having trampled a pillar of bipartisanship, McConnell should be made to feel the consequences now and in the future. 

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