In a move that would impress Amanda Waller herself, Senate Republicans have suspended the rules to allow the Senate Finance Committee to approve Donald Trump's nominees for Treasury and Health secretaries without reaching quorum. The move follows a boycott of the confirmation votes yesterday by Senate Democrats, which blocked either appointee from proceeding to a full Senate vote for confirmation, where they will likely pass under a Republican majority.
As Bleeding Cool has reported previously, Treasury Secretary appointee Steve Mnuchin was the executive producer of several DC Comics superhero movies, including Suicide Squad and Superman v. Batman, and his financing company backed Fox's X-Men movies. Mnuchin isn't the only person with a background in comic book related entertainment who wields influence with the Trump administration. Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter, who was a major backer of the Trump campaign, serves as an unofficial advisor to Trump in a "significant role" on Veteran's healthcare. Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon, who is currently awaiting a confirmation vote after hers was blocked on Monday, is Trump's appointee for head of the Small Business Administration. And Disney CEO Bob Iger is a member of Trump's policy advisory committee, which meets for the first time this week.
Mnuchin, along with Health Secretary Tom Price, will proceed to a full Senate confirmation vote next.