Some Trump administration nominees have had holds placed on them by Democratic senators, a delaying tactic not easily tracked. But some Democrats have blamed the long waits on McConnell's floor-scheduling priorities.
It will be interesting to see whether McConnell will take more definitive action now that Kentuckian Steve Gardner is among the nominees. Gardner was nominated Oct. 26 to be the director of the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation & Enforcement. In August OSM yanked a controversial study on the health effects of surface mining in Appalachia. Kentucky is No. 4 in U.S. coal production.