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Ohio Sen. Brown Stressed Importance of Confirming Nominees in 2009

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said in a 2009 appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show that cabinet officials should be confirmed quickly because of their importance to the federal government.

“The confirmation of all these important people, the Attorney General, the Treasury Secretary, the Secretary of State and so many important cabinet officials – all that is so important and moving on the stimulus package,” Brown told Maddow.

Brown continued, saying many GOP Senators could cross party lines. “There will be a number of Republicans that vote with us if they’re embarrassed by their party that’s simply engaged in obstructionism.”

“When you’ve got one or two stand in the way as you did – two people today, voting against Senator Clinton – they start paying a political price,” Brown added.

“We have a huge amount of work to do to create jobs. I mean, that’s the whole point of the stimulus package and what we’re doing,” Brown said.

Brown’s comments have once again become relevant, but this time he finds himself on the opposite side of the equation. If he and his Democratic colleagues obstruct President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks, Brown, up for re-election in 2018, could find himself “paying a political price.”