WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 18: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (C) talks with reporters after leaving the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol May 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he will postpone the Senate's Memorial Day recess until lawmakers tackle a trade bill, renewal of the Patriot Act and funding for federal highways. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(CNN)Senate Republicans took an extraordinary step Wednesday to move forward with two of President Donald Trump’s top Cabinet nominees after confronting a boycott from Democrats.

Republican lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee — the panel that oversees the nominations of Steve Mnuchin to be Treasury secretary and Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services — gathered for the second day in a row with Democrats on the committee refusing to show up.

The dramatic move could foreshadow strategy from Republicans over contentious battles still to come as Democrats try to use a variety of Senate procedures to stall the newly empowered GOP. The most high-profile of upcoming fights is Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch, a nomination that would require at least 60 votes to break a filibuster.

Under committee rules, it is required that at least one Democrat be present for the panel to vote to send a nominee to the Senate floor. On Tuesday, not a single Democrat showed up, putting the two nominations at a standstill.

Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, pointed to the “extraordinary circumstances” surrounding the gathering and allowed…