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Schumer Bashes McConnell's Push To Roll Dems On Judicial Nominees

Schumer Bashes McConnell's Push To Roll Dems On Judicial Nominees”

The expansion means, however, that Democrats will be hard-pressed to prevent any of Trump's judicial nominees from being confirmed, so long as Republicans can agree on them.

Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell, added that the comments in The Weekly Standard interview were a reflection of "the Leader's well-known public position on the matter". "Priority between an assistant secretary of State and a conservative court judge-it's not a hard choice to make".

"The majority"-that is, Republicans-will treat a blue slip "as simply notification of how you're going to vote, not as an opportunity to blackball", McConnell told me". Grassley (R-IA) - to decide whether to honor the blue slip tradition or not.

And every GOP senator, including McConnell and Grassley, sent a letter to President Obama in 2009 warning that if they weren't consulted, and didn't approve of, nominees from their home states they wouldn't let them move forward. "Regardless of what tactics are used by Democrats, the judges are going to be confirmed", he said. As ThinkProgress's Ian Millhiser explained in a history of the practice, prior to Leahy and Grassley, only one Judiciary Committee chairman had followed a strict rule of letting one senator veto judicial nominees from his or her state; others gave some deference to home-state senators, but in varying degrees. Now it won't be honored at all.

McConnell won't change the 30-hour debate rule, Barnes reports, which Democrats used to great effect on Trump's earlier Cabinet appointee confirmations to gum up the works.

He said that establishment fundraisers like Karl Rove and Steven Law, who poured in at least $10 million into the Alabama GOP Senate runoff against grassroots conservative candidate Roy Moore, "should get the joke" that some top donors "are coming to us because they're exhausted of having their money burned up by trying to destroy people like Judge Moore".

McConnell has come under assault from conservatives over his leadership of the Senate, which has failed to repeal the so-called Obamacare health law and has fallen into a comfortable work routine that most of the time permits senators to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon and hop on planes home by mid-afternoon on Thursday. But McConnell's remarks on Wednesday set off alarm bells among top Democrats and allied outside groups. McConnell had long prodded the committee to increase the number of hearings, then report the nominees out as quickly as possible for Senate floor votes.

McConnell and Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley had better start working on these nominations now. It planned to run an ad urging McConnell to accelerate the pace of dealing with nominees, but held off after talking to his aides, Politico reported. But the White House has begun turning out more nominations in recent weeks. Upcoming resignations will boost the number of vacancies to 166.

Concern among Republicans that they may lost the majority in the Senate after the 2018 elections has added to their sense of urgency to maximize conservative influence on federal courts.

But what's most puzzling about McConnell's announcement is that he, and not Chuck Grassley, is making it.



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