UPDATE: Часто спрашивают почему при Трампе так никто и не сел. Именно вот этот кусок из речи Барра отвечает на этот вопрос.
A prime example of this is the Senate’s unprecedented abuse of the advice-and-consent process. The Senate is of course free to exercise that power to reject what it deems to be unqualified nominees, but that power was never intended to allow the Senate to systematically oppose and draw out the approval process for every appointee so as to prevent the President from building a functional branch of government.
Yet that is precisely what the Senate minority has done from President Trump's very first day in office. As of September of this year, the Senate had been forced to invoke cloture on 236 Trump nominees -- each of those representing its own massive consumption of legislative time meant only to delay the inevitable confirmation. How many times was cloture invoked on nominees during President Obama’s Administration? 17 over eight years. How about the Second President Bush’s first term? Four times. It is reasonable to wonder whether a future President will actually be able to form a functioning Administration if his or her party does not hold the Senate.