President Donald Trump’s influence over his own party is crumbling – more Republicans announced this week that they will oppose Trump’s leadership nominees.
Republican Senator Susan Collins says she’ll vote against Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. In the past, Pruitt has fought against anti-pollution regulations by suing the EPA, the very same agency he now wants to run.
Senator Collins told the media on Wednesday that, “His actions leave me with considerable doubts about whether his vision for the EPA is consistent with the agency’s critical mission to protect human health and the environment,” according to Maine Public Radio.
The very same day, Republican Senator John McCain announced that he plans to oppose Mick Mulvaney’s nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget, as reported by The Hill.
McCain is the first GOP senator to say that he will oppose Mulvaney to be President Trump’s budget chief. The Senate is expected to take a final vote on his nomination on Thursday.
McCain’s position will give the GOP little room for error to get Mulvaney cleared through the Senate. Republicans have a 52-seat majority, and Cabinet nominees need a simple majority to be approved by the upper chamber.
With McCain voting no, Republicans can only lose one additional GOP senator.
The president is responsible for filling important positions like cabinet secretaries, agency heads, ambassadors, and other key leadership roles. So far, Trump has failed miserably: Trump’s nominations have been surrounded by controversy and national outrage. So far, just 12 have been confirmed and the administration hasn’t even put forward names for more than 600 positions, according to the Washington Post.