Senate fails to advance 2 Trump nominees due to absences

Even senators don’t like working on weekends. The Senate on Saturday failed to move forward on two inspectors general because 12 Senate Republicans were absent, potentially costing President Donald Trump some lame duck appointees.In back-to-back 39-48 votes, the Senate was unable to take procedural steps to confirm John Chase Johnson to become inspector general of the Federal Communications Commission and Eric Soskin to become inspector general of the Department of Transportation. “Some nomination votes… are going to go down today because we have 12 absences and so we’ll have to do motions to reconsider to try and resurrect them,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). “While we’re negotiating other things, we’re trying to get a few confirmations.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted against the nominees, a move that allows him to bring them back to the floor whenever he wants. The Senate convened for an unusual weekend session Saturday, as

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By Marianne LeVine

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