Despite Republican control of Capitol Hill, President Trump suffered the worst rate of Senate nominee confirmations in 28 years, with the Senate approving just 58 percent of his picks, according to C-SPAN’s annual year-end congressional report card.
Of all first term confirmations since Reagan, C-SPAN said that former President George H.W. Bush had the best success, 84 percent. For former President Bill Clinton it was 67 percent, for former President George W. Bush 76 percent and former President Obama saw 69 percent of his first year nominees confirmed by the Senate.
C-SPAN end-of-2017 stats: Trump has submitted fewer nominations & also had fewer approved than previous first term presidents. Trump has had 58% of his nominees confirmed (Bush 1989: 84%; Clinton 1993: 67%; Bush 2001, 76%; Obama 2009, 69%)... info here: https://t.co/dmR0D8Bzx5 pic.twitter.com/B9GIGsdTai— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) December 28, 2017
C-SPAN also charged floor debates and discussions and found that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke the most on the Senate floor and Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Glenn Thompson speaking the most in the House.
Other key details:
- Only 97 measures were enacted into public law, a lower number than the 115 passed two years ago.
- The number of hours that the House and Senate were in session continues to decline.
- The House was in session more days, but similar number of hours as two years ago.
- The number of roll call votes is very similar to two years ago, but down from years back.
- The Senate was in about the same number of hours as two years ago. The number of days increased reflecting the number of pro forma sessions.
- The number of Senate roll call votes remained about the same as two years ago.
- Other than nominations, the workload numbers are similar to previous several years, but much lower than ten years ago.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org