Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Senate Republicans are ready to speed up the process of confirming President Trump’s judicial nominees

Senate Republicans this week are poised to make good on a monthslong threat to change the rules in order to speed up confirming President Trump’s judicial nominees....Republicans argue the minority is simply wasting floor time in order to slow down the seating of a Republican president’s nominees to the federal bench and key administration posts.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a recent hearing on the rules change, said Democrats have dragged out floor debates for nominees they do not oppose.

“It’s pretty obvious the sole purpose is to eat up floor time,” McConnell said.

Delay tactics by both parties have increased over the past few election cycles as each party has become increasingly intent on blocking the judicial nominees of an opposing president.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, said a permanent fix will put a stop to it.

“Both sides will continue to up the ante on how we deal with this issue until we stop ourselves from doing it,” he said recently.