Senator No: Bill Nelson opposes 10 of 18 Trump Cabinet picks

Bill Nelson at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year.

Bill Nelson at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year.

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson voted Thursday against President Donald Trump‘s nominations of Ben Carson for secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Rick Perry for secretary of Energy.

 

Nelson has now voted against 10 of 18 Trump Cabinet nominees who have come before the Senate.

 

Nelson also joined most Democrats in opposing Mike Pompeo (CIA), Rex Tillerson (State), Betsy DeVos (Education), Jeff Sessions (Attorney General), Tom Price (HHS), Steven Mnuchin (Treasury), Mick Mulvaney (OMB) and Scott Pruitt (EPA).

 

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio expressed some reservations about Tillerson but ultimately voted for him and all 17 other Trump Cabinet nominees.

 

Nelson is up for re-election next year in a state Trump won by 1.2 points in 2016. Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, up for re-election in another state Trump narrowly won, has also voted against 10 of 18 Trump nominees, according to an analysis by DecisionDeskHQ.com of senators up for re-election in 2018.

 

The most Trump-friendly Democrat who’s running next year in a state Trump carried has been West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who has supported 14 of 18 Cabinet nominees. North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has backed Trump on 13 nominees.

 

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, up for re-election in a state where Trump eked out a surprise 2016 win, has voted against 13 Trump nominees.

 

 

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