Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) took a stand for her constituents yesterday when she voted against the motion-to-proceed and then against each version of the atrocious bundle of tax cuts for the wealthy and health insurance industry handouts that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the audacity to call a “healthcare” bill.
President Trump, outraged that a woman would dare stand in the way of a bill he has shown only cursory interest in passing, had Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke call both Alaskan Senators and threatened to withhold federal support for a number of plans and projects that would directly benefit their constituents in a pathetic attempt to bully her into submission.
But Trump will soon find he’s messing with the wrong woman. Far from bowing to Trump’s mobster threats, Murkowski has gone to the proverbial mattresses in response.
The Hill reports that Chairwoman Murkowski has ordered the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to publicly postpone a vote on confirming six Trump Interior Department nominees in a signal that she will not take his threats lying down.
The nominees would have been:
- Brenda Burman, commissioner of reclamation at Interior
- Susan Combs to be assistant secretary of the Interior for policy, management, and budget
- Doug Domenech, assistant secretary of the Interior for insular affairs
- Paul Dabbar to be undersecretary for Science of the Department of Energy
- David Jonas to be general counsel of the Department of Energy
- Mark Wesley Menezes to be undersecretary of the Department of Energy
So far, Zinke and Energy Secretary Rick Perry are the only Senate-confirmed officials at their agencies, some six months after Trump took office.
Trump often complains about how the Democrats are obstructing the confirmation of his appointees, even though the vast majority of positions don’t even have anyone nominated for the job this far into his administration.
.@foxandfriends Dems are taking forever to approve my people, including Ambassadors. They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
Now he only has himself to blame. Trump’s pathetic attempt to bully Senator Murkowski clearly stems from his personal misogyny – seven Republicans voted against the healthcare bill, but he just so happened to choose a woman to make an example of.
While Trump may have been able to bully the foppish scions of the New York real estate world and the powerless workers he exploited and robbed, he’s going to find out the hard way that you do not play those games with a United States Senator.