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Save This Tool That Shows How Your Senators Voted on Trump’s Cabinet Appointments

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

Save this web site that shows you how all 100 senators voted on Trump’s cabinet picks.

The web site below records how every senator voted on Trump’s cabinet choices:

You can sort the data to show just Republicans, just Democrats, just Independents, or everybody. The link above is set to everybody.

OTYCD will also repost this entry as we approach the 2018 midterms, but do bookmark it.

Thanks to @theonetruebix on Twitter for the tip and the link.




Cabinet Nominees · Protect the Environment

Updated: Ask Your Senators to Delay the Vote on Scott Pruitt as Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Update: It seems that while he was attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt denied requests to reveal emails sent from his office to fossil fuel companies for the past two years or so.

A liberal watchdog group just won a court battle that has forced Pruitt to disclose these emails. They will become public on Tuesday (Feb 21).

But Republicans, at last check, intended to proceed with the full floor vote on Pruitt’s nomination today (Feb 17).

So, in addition to calling your senators to oppose Pruitt if you haven’t already, demand that they delay the floor vote until at least Friday Feb.24, to give everyone some time to receive and review these emails.

Here is an NBC News piece about the emails case:

Original post text is below.

Call your senators and oppose Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Trump’s shown a pattern of picking the worst possible person to head each agency, and Pruitt is no exception. The Oklahoma attorney general has said that the global warming debate “is far from settled” (though he admitted in his confirmation hearings this week that human activity has contributed to climate change “in some manner.”)

Upon taking office as his state’s attorney general, he took apart the team that was devoted to protecting Oklahoma’s natural resources. He resisted many Obama-era climate change initiatives, and he has joined at least eight lawsuits now in progress against the EPA, the agency that he would like to lead. During his hearings, he has declined to say whether he would recuse himself from these suits. Nine attorneys general have signed a letter opposing Pruitt’s nomination. (Scroll down for more information.)

Sample script: “Dear Senator (Lastname.) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to vote against Scott Pruitt as the head of the EPA. His statements and actions show that he does not take climate change seriously and he will not do enough to keep our water and air clean.”

More on Pruitt:







Cabinet Nominees

Oppose Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Pick for the Office of Management and Budget

ICYMI: Reposting because the floor vote on Mulvaney is likely today (Feb 16). There is still time to act on this. If you haven’t called your senators yet to oppose Mulvaney, please do.

Call your senators and oppose Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

Mulvaney, a house rep from South Carolina, was elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010 and is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republicans who helped force John Boehner to resign as Speaker of the House.

Mulvaney voted in favor of shutting down the federal government in 2011 (Congress managed to avert it at the eleventh hour, almost literally). And in 2013, he nearly succeeded in killing a $50 million emergency relief bill for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

While no one questions the need for fiscal responsibility, letting someone who’s okay with government shutdowns run the Office of Management and Budget is a terrible idea.

In addition, Mulvaney failed to pay $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee. He has admitted his mistake and has moved to rectify it, but three other past cabinet nominees who had similar tax problems–Tom Daschle for Health and Human Services, under Clinton; and Kimba Wood and Zoe Baird, under Clinton–were forced to withdraw under pressure from Republicans.

Is your senator on the Budget Committee? If so, it is extra-important for you to call and speak out against Mulvaney’s candidacy. See the link below to check:

Sample script: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code,) and I am calling to ask you to vote against Mike Mulvaney as the head of the Office of Management and Budget. No one who has voted in favor of shutting down the government should be allowed to run its budget office. And if tax payment issues were enough to sink cabinet nominees chosen by Obama and Clinton, they should sink Trump’s choices, too. Double standards are not ok.”

More information about Mulvaney:

Cabinet Nominees

Oppose Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s Pick for Treasury Secretary

ICYMI: Looks like the Mnuchin vote happens Monday. If you haven’t called your senators yet to voice your opposition, please do.

OTYCD is getting to this one late but fortunately not too late. Mnuchin is out of committee but there is still time to call and say no to his nomination.

Call your senators and oppose Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary.

Mnuchin (pronounced Men-oo-chin) is an ex-Goldman Sachs banker who, if confirmed, would be the first former hedge fund manager to run the Treasury. He cofounded OneWest, a California bank that pursued more than 36,000 foreclosures during the housing crisis. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has doggedly questioned Mnuchin in his hearings, seized upon OneWest’s attempt to foreclose on a 90-year-old Florida woman over a 27-cent payment error that sprung from a mistake made by the bank.

Meanwhile, Mnuchin made a far more severe error on his nomination paperwork, omitting more than $100 million in personal assets as well as his connection to a company in the Cayman Islands. And the Department of Justice is currently examining claims by whistleblowers at OneWest over mishandled loan modifications. When you add up the facts, it seems that Mnuchin is not likely to be sensitive to the needs of people whose bank balances are shorter than a telephone number.

Democratic senators have done what they can under the circumstances, making nimble use of Senate rules to delay proceedings. Their actions have bought you time to call them and voice your concerns about Mnuchin and other problematic Trump nominees.

Is your senator on the Finance Committee? Then it’s extra-important that you pick up your phone to speak against Mnuchin. Check the link below before dialing:


Sample script: “I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code,) and I am calling to ask you to vote against Steven Mnuchin (Men-oo-chin) as secretary of the Treasury. His history with Goldman Sachs, hedge fund management, and as co-founder of a bank responsible for tens of thousands of foreclosures makes him a poor choice for the post.”


Here also is the handy cabinet nominee tracking tool, for your reference:


And here are additional articles on Mnuchin and his Senate hearings:












Cabinet Nominees · Save These Tools

Save This Tool for Tracking Trump’s Cabinet Nominees

ICYMI: Reposting in case you have yet to see it. The tracker is still active and useful.

Trump has made several dubious picks for his presidential cabinet. The Republicans are helping him shepherd them through by scheduling several Senate hearings for the same day (January 11), making it harder for citizens and journalists to monitor them all.

Some clever folks in the Washington State chapter of Pantsuit Nation have assembled a comprehensive spreadsheet of Trump cabinet nominees. This tool will help you learn about Trump’s picks, tell your Congressional representatives to vote against them, and stay on top of the nomination hearings.

The document tells you who the nominees are; when their hearings are scheduled; why you should call your Congressional delegation to oppose them; which ones are most important to oppose; which Congressional committees will hear their nominations; who sits on those committees; and how best to make your voice heard.

Here is the link to the spreadsheet:

This blog is called One Thing You Can Do. It’s here to give you one thing you can do every day to push back against Trump. One. Thing. That’s it.

For this reason, OTYCD won’t be able to devote posts to all six Trump cabinet nominees before Jan 11 arrives. It will cover many of them, but not all. And there are more hearings to come soon. Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development nominee, takes his turn on January 12.

Please save this spreadsheet tool and consult it to make sure that you learn about every Trump cabinet nominee, and take action against every one who you find troubling, whether OTYCD covers them or not. Please share the document with others who can use it.

Also, make sure to double check the links to the committees that are holding the hearings on the nominees, and see if one of your Congressional representatives is a member. If they are, it is extra-important for you to speak up. Your voice will have more impact than someone whose senator is not on a committee.

Cabinet Nominees · Community Activism · Public Education

ICYMI: Contact Friends in Red States and Ask Them to Ask Their Senators to Vote NO on Sessions

ICYMI: Reposting because Jeff Sessions’s nomination goes to a vote this week. The Democrats held an all-night speaking event to oppose him. If you haven’t called your senators yet, please do, and urge your friends and family across the country to call their senators to ask them to vote against Sessions, too.

Here is a tool you can give them that will help them find their senators:

Calling is best. They should find the list of district offices and call one of those. It’s far easier to get through to a district (home state) office than the Washington, D.C. office. Congressional offices are typically open during business hours in their given time zones.

Tell them to keep calling until they get a live person.

Here is a sample script they can use:

“Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname from town, zip code). I am calling to ask Senator (Lastname) to vote no on Jeff Sessions for the U.S. Attorney General on Monday. He has a truly terrible track record on civil rights–he was declined a federal judgeship in 1986 due to racist comments–and he shows little to no sign of being able to stand up to Trump. I urge you to vote no on Sessions.”

If they do not get a live person, they can leave a voice mail message or send email through the form on each Senator’s web site.


Original text of the Jeff Sessions post follows.

Call your senators and tell them that you oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions to the post of attorney general of the United States.

Sessions, you might remember, was essentially deemed too racist for Congress to appoint as a federal judge back in the 1980s.

Few people get less racist over time without deliberately working to think and act in less racist ways. You get one guess about whether Sessions has improved himself over the last 30 years.

The head of the NAACP in Alabama and his colleagues held an eight-hour sit in at Sessions’s Alabama office on January 3, saying they’d stay until he or Trump withdrew his name from consideration for the AG post, or they were arrested. (They were arrested.)

Bonus: Below is a link that shows who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Is one of your senators a member? If so, it’s extra-important for you to call and oppose seating Jeff Sessions as the country’s AG. (Irony alert: Sessions sits on this committee.)

Link to the members of the Judiciary Committee:


This spreadsheet contains a sample script you can use when calling your senators about Sessions’s nomination:


Background on Sessions: … 3e2b08ba1a

Background on the NAACP sit-in: … index.html

Background on the failed nomination to the federal bench in the 1980s: … 394900cb96






Cabinet Nominees · Public Education

ICYMI: Contact Friends in Red States and Ask Them to Ask Their Senators to Vote NO on DeVos

Democrats will end their #HoldTheFloor marathon at noon. If you haven’t called your senators to oppose DeVos, NOW IS THE TIME.

Correction #1: OTYCD misidentified Durbin’s affiliation. He is a Democrat, not a Republican. He was included based on a letter he sent to a constituent that showed him to be squishy on the issue of confirming DeVos, rather than giving a clear and unambiguous “no.”

Correction #2: The Friday morning vote on DeVos is for cloture. It’s a sort of table-setting move that allows for the actual vote, which still takes place on Monday.

Please use today and the weekend to get in touch with friends in other states who have Republican senators and ask them to vote no on DeVos.

OTYCD will also repost and retweet the item on Sessions, as he goes up for a vote on Monday directly after DeVos.


Do you live in Illinois? Do you have a friend or family member who does? Call, call, call Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and tell him to vote no on Betsy DeVos. Here are the numbers for Durbin’s district offices and his Washington, D.C. office:

Chicago: 312.353.4952

Springfield: 217.492.4062

Carbondale: 618.351.1122

Rock Island: 309.786.5173

Washington, D.C.: 202.224.2152


Do you live in Pennsylvania? Do you have a friend or family member who does? Call, call, call Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and tell him to vote no on Betsy DeVos. Here are the numbers for Toomey’s district office and his Washington, D.C. office:

Erie: 814.453.3010

Pittsburgh: 412.803.3501

Johnstown: 814.266.5970

Harrisburg: 717.782.3951

Scranton: 570.941.3540

Allentown/Lehigh Valley: 610.434.1444

Philadelphia: 215.241.1090

Washington, D.C.: 202.224.4254


Do you live in North Carolina? Do you have a friend or family member who does? Call, call, call North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis and tell him to vote no on Betsy DeVos. Here are the numbers for Tillis’s district office and his Washington, D.C. office:
Raleigh: 919.856.4630
Charlotte: 704.509.9087

Greenville: 252.329.0371

High Point: 336.885.0685

DC: 202.224.6342



Original text of the post about opposing Betsy DeVos appears below.

This action requires you to call your two senators.

Got another Trump cabinet nominee for you to oppose, but first, know this: The GOP is trying a distraction tactic. They’ve scheduled six Trump cabinet appointee hearings for the same day–Wednesday, January 11–in hopes that swamping us with news will make it too hard to object to any one thing.

Don’t fall for it.

Please call your senators and oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education. She is one of the six who’s scheduled for senate hearings on Jan 11.

While charter schools can be done well, DeVos’s approach has the (likely intended) effect of crippling public schools. She also favors school vouchers, which certain fundamentalist religious folk favor so they can boost poorer-quality religious schools over public schools.

Even if you like charter schools, most charter school-supporters do not like the way DeVos implemented them in the Detroit area. Her efforts there are seen as a failure.

More about Betsy DeVos:

More on the schedule-six-cabinet-wannabes-in-one-day tactic:


Edited to add this link. An ethics official warned that the Republican rush might force Congress to hold hearings before background checks on the nominees are finished:

Cabinet Nominees

ICYMI: Oppose Rick Perry, Trump’s Pick for the Department of Energy

Apologies for not getting around to this item earlier; it was postponed in favor of other things that arose with stark, sudden urgency. So is life in Trumpland. Perry has completed his hearings and may receive a Senate floor vote today.

Call your senators and oppose Rick Perry, Trump’s choice to head the Department of Energy.

He has the standard odious outlooks on climate change and the EPA, but he stands out for another reason. Perry ran as a Republican presidential nominee in 2012. During a presidential debate, he famously failed to remember the name of the department of energy, which he had promised to eliminate. Continuing his pattern of choosing the worst possible people for each post, Trump naturally settled on Perry for this department.

Since being chosen, Perry has had something of a change of heart about the department of energy. During his confirmation hearings, he stated he “regret[s] recommending its elimination.” And if the New York Times article below is correct, Perry wasn’t aware until after he was tapped that the department of energy handles nuclear issues.

While Perry’s shift in attitude is welcome and encouraging, the country deserves a better-qualified person than he to helm the department. Previous leaders have earned Nobel Prizes (Steven Chu) and served on the physics faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  (Dr. Ernest Moniz). Perry’s scientific track record is a mediocre string of grades earned at Texas A&M, including a ‘D’ in a course called “Meats”.

Is your senator on the energy and natural resources committee? Then it’s extra-important that you speak up. Check the link below before you call.


Sample script: “Dear Senator (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to vote against Rick Perry to head the department of energy. He is woefully underqualified. We need someone who has greater understanding of the scientific issues that the department faces every day.”


Here again is the nifty cabinet nominee tracking tool we’ve mentioned before. Remember–you can make calls until and unless the person is confirmed:


Here are a few New York Times pieces on Perry:



Here are some Washington Post pieces on Perry and his nomination:


Here also is an interesting comment on that New York Times story and its limitations:


And here are some other interesting pieces, including one that mentions the ‘D’ in “Meats”:












Cabinet Nominees

ICYMI: Oppose Ben Carson, Trump’s Pick for Housing and Urban Development

ICYMI: Reposting because while Carson’s nomination has left the committee, the Senate floor vote has yet to happen. You can still call your senators on this. If you haven’t yet, please do.

Call your senators and oppose Ben Carson’s nomination for secretary of the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who ran against Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, had withdrawn himself from consideration for cabinet posts, saying he had no experience in government. Trump evidently convinced him to change his mind.

Carson is correct. He has no professional experience in government, or with the problems that HUD was designed to address. He grew up in public housing in Detroit, and is apparently citing that experience as a qualification to run the federal agency. He appears to think that poverty is some sort of lifestyle choice, and not an endemic problem that only the fortunate and the exceptional can successfully rise above.

Before you call, review this link to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Is one of your senators a member? If so, it is extra-important for you to call and express your opposition to Carson running HUD.


More on Ben Carson, his nomination to HUD, and how he might reverse gains won under the Obama administration:



This spreadsheet contains a sample script you can use when calling your senators about Carson’s nomination:



An ethics official warned that the Republican rush might force Congress to hold hearings before background checks on the nominees are finished:

Cabinet Nominees · Health Care

ICYMI: Oppose Tom Price as Head of Health and Human Services

ICYMI: Reposted because Tom Price’s nomination is not final yet. Please call your senators to oppose Price if you haven’t had the chance to do so.

Call your senators and oppose Tom Price, Trump’s nominee to head the department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

If Trump and the Republicans succeed in passing laws to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare), and attack Medicare and Medicaid, their destruction will happen under Price’s watch and guidance.

The rank awfulness of Trump’s other picks has allowed Price, a six-term House member from Georgia, to fly under the radar–at least until the last few days, when news broke that in March 2016, Price purchased stock in a medical device company, Zimmer Biomet, and introduced legislation that would help the company a week later. (Scroll down for stories on this topic.)

Consider that Tom Daschle, Obama’s first pick to head the HHS back in 2009, withdrew his nomination over failing to pay taxes on a donated limousine ride. That seems like small potatoes next to buying a stock and championing a law that would benefit that stock-issuing company in the space of seven days. Price has since agreed to sell off stock holdings to avoid conflicts of interest, but still.

Even before that news broke, Price was an exceptionally awful choice for HHS. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), an organization which takes a decidedly skewed outlook on medical issues.

AAPS opposes mandatory vaccination, citing in part the specious and thoroughly debunked claim that vaccines cause autism. AAPS supports laws that require transgender people to use the bathrooms that reflect the gender of their birth, not their actual gender. It has also supported so-called “conscience rights,” which would allow pharmacists to decline to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception and other scripts that might contradict their personal beliefs. You get one guess what the AAPS’s opinion on the ACA is.

It should be said that though Price is an AAPS member, that doesn’t mean he automatically embraces all its stances. But consider that his legislative record has earned him a zero rating from NARAL, Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Do any of your senators belong to the Senate Finance Committee? If so, it’s extra-important that you call to oppose Price. See this link to check:


Sample script: “Dear Senator (Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code), and I am calling to ask the senator to oppose the nomination of Tom Price as head of Health and Human Services. He bought stock in a medical device company one week before proposing legislation that would help that company. He is also a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which cites junk science in standing against mandatory vaccination, and opposes LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights.”


Consult the Trump Cabinet Confirmation Tracker on Tom Price and other nominees:


More on Tom Price’s nomination and the challenges it poses:


BBC on the Tom Price nomination: Trump pick accused of insider trading




AAPS opposes mandatory vaccination and points to claims (that have been soundly debunked) that vaccines cause autism:


AAPS opposes transgender bathroom access laws:


AAPS supports “conscience rights,” which would allow pharmacists to choose not to prescribe medications that contradict their beliefs:


From 2009: Tom Daschle withdraws his nomination to HHS: