Helena, MT. – Tomorrow, the lame-duck Senate will likely vote to confirm Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve nominee Judy Shelton. The move is seen as another desperate attempt by the Trump administration to shape the makeup of the board before leaving office. Shelton’s views on economic policy so are outdated, controversial, and extreme that her nomination had been viewed as all but dead until Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski inexplicable flipped her position despite Shelton’s suggestion that America’s public assets, including our public lands, be sold off to pay down the national debt.
“Instead of helping Americans during the pandemic, the Trump administration and Mitch McConnell’s lame-duck Senate are teaming up to appoint extremist nominees like Shelton before the clock strikes midnight. Not only does Judy Shelton hold controversial views that are out-of-touch when it comes to economic policy, but she’s also an advocate of selling off America’s public lands to pay down Trump’s historic deficits,” said Western Values Project director Jayson O’Neill. “Any senator that votes to confirm an extremist nominee that supports selling off our public lands is going to have some explaining to do.”