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GOP changes rules after Democrats try to block committee vote

The Democrats tried to boycott the meeting to confirm two cabinet positions for a second day.
U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) (L) is welcomed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman OrrinReuters

TheSenateFinance Committee on Wednesday voted to confirm Representative Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services and banker Steven Mnuchin to be treasury secretary, sending the nominations to the fullSenatefor a confirmation vote.

Democrats tried to block the committee vote for a second day by boycotting the meeting, but Republicans changed the rules that had required Democrats to be present for quorum.

The Republican members then approved the nominees 14-0.

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