So far, Pat Toomey is a yes man, and Bob Casey is the naysayer.
For those of you keeping score, Toomey has voted for every one of President Donald Trump’s nine nominees confirmed by the Senate. He also voted to end debate on at least one other, usually a sure indicator of support, and praised at least four others.
Casey has voted for four and against five while also voting against closing debate on the same one, usually a sure indicator of opposition. He has also indicated he will oppose one.
The Senate has confirmed James N. Mattis as defense secretary; John F. Kelly as homeland security secretary; Mike Pompeo as Central Intelligence Agency director; Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations; Rex Tillerson as secretary of state; Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services; Betsy DeVos as education secretary; Jeff Sessions as attorney general; and Elaine Chao as transportation secretary.
Casey voted for Mattis, Kelly, Haley and Chao, and no on the others. He voted against ending debate on treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin, and has already said he will vote against him. Toomey voted for ending debate.
Casey has also come out against environmental protection secretary nominee Scott Pruitt. Toomey hasn’t said anything about Pruitt.
If Toomey is planning to oppose anyone Trump nominated, you can’t tell from his public statements. He introduced veterans affairs secretary nominee David Shulkin at his hearing. In tweets, he said he:
— Had a “productive meeting” with Securities and Exchange Commission nominee Jay Clayton.
— Was “delighted to speak” with Office of Management and Budget director nominee Mick Mulvaney and called him “a strong conservative” and “good pick.”
— Called Housing and Urban Development nominee Ben Carson “a good man with an incredible life story.”
— Called director of national intelligence nominee Dan Coats “a terrific choice.”
Casey hasn’t said anything about them.
Still awaiting the Pennsylvania senators’ verdicts on interior nominee Ryan Zinke, agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue, VA nominee Shulkin, Small Business Administration nominee Linda McMahon, U.S. trade representative nominee Robert Lighthizer, energy nominee Rick Perry, labor nominee Andrew Puzder and commerce nominee Wilbur Ross.
— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK