>> So, I'd like to take this opportunity to set the record straight.>> I object to the Senator disparaging a fellow member of the committee here.>> A bitter stand off over Donald Trump's cabinet picks ratcheting higher Wednesday on Capital Hill. Senate Republicans striking back against the Democratic boycott of key votes.
>> Our Democrat colleagues chose to cower in the hallway and hold a press conference.>> Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch, tossing out Senate decorum and pushing ahead treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin and health secretary nominee Tom Price, without a single Democratic vote, after the GOP unilaterally changed the committee rules.
This after Democrats on Tuesday refused to vote, saying they had issues with Mnuchin and Price, including Mnuchin's heavy use of foreclosures when he headed mortgage bank OneWest. And Price's investments in the healthcare industry that could have benefitted him while serving in Congress.>> Nominees have to meet a higher standard when a White House traffics in alternative facts, is caught up in conspiracy theories, uses threats and bullying as its means of exercising its will.
>> The vitriol breaking out in a normally collegial Senate coming as Democrats continue to fume over Trump's four month ban on refugees entering the US and a three month order barring visitors from seven majority Muslim countries. Trump railing against the Democrats on Twitter, saying they were deliberately working to delay his picks from taking their posts.
>> The clerk will call the roll.>> But a better day for Attorney General nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions. Republicans on the Judiciary Committee Wednesday managing to move forward his nomination to be Attorney General to a floor vote, despite zero votes in his favor from Democrats.>> Miss Morena.
>> No.>> This hours after Trump set up a new fight with his selection of conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat, left empty by the death of Antonin Scalia.>> We must be absolutely certain that this person is a strong, mainstream candidate.>> Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York saying in a floor speech on Wednesday, that Gorsuch will have to get 60 votes to clear the Senate.
Meaning the Democrats plan to use Senate rules to actively oppose his nomination.