A group of Democrats and some Republicans have released a letter calling for an end to President Donald Trump’s cabinet picks.
The letter comes as Senate Republicans are expected to vote on their own Cabinet picks later this week.
The Democratic letter is signed by Reps.
Nita Lowey (N.Y.), Marcia Fudge (Ohio), Adam Schiff (Calif.), Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Jim McDermott (Wash.), Keith Ellison (Minn.), Raul Grijalva (Ariz.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Al Green (Texas).
The letter, released Tuesday, comes as Republicans are pushing through their first round of nominees to fill the vacant Cabinet posts.
The lawmakers and their colleagues urge the Senate to “stop the cycle of needless and ineffective nominations that will cause Americans to endure more of the same dysfunction that has been plaguing Washington since the days of the Cold War.”
Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, has drawn the most criticism of the Trump administration’s nominees.
Cordray was widely expected to be confirmed by the Senate last week after he served as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel under former President George W. Bush.
However, Cordray has faced a barrage of criticism from environmental groups, including from Democrats.
He has also been criticized for his controversial comments about the EPA.
Trump’s Interior Secretary nominee, Ryan Zinke, has also drawn criticism from some environmental groups.
He was criticized for not fully meeting with environmental groups to discuss his plan to combat climate change.
Zinke also reportedly received criticism from members of the public for not meeting with the public about his plans to create a national monument in the national park system.
Zinkes nomination has also faced criticism from Democratic members of Congress and the Sierra Club.
In response, Zinke’s office released a statement saying that his nomination “was approved unanimously by the American people.”
“This administration is committed to improving our country’s public lands and protecting the environment,” Zinke said in the statement.
“The secretary will be a strong advocate for the national parks, and will continue to support the nation’s critical infrastructure.
I look forward to working with him on this important issue.”
The letter adds that the president’s Cabinet nominees have been characterized by “overwhelming and unwarranted partisan attacks.”
The Democrats’ letter comes just weeks after Republicans held a press conference to announce their Cabinet picks.
Republicans have largely focused on former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is expected to win confirmation to be the next secretary of state.
While Trump has made his Cabinet picks during his first week in office, his Cabinet selections have been largely ignored by the press.
Trump has also yet to announce his nominee for Treasury Secretary.
The Trump administration has also made several nominations for other important federal jobs, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shugerman.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.