Franken fights to retain veto of home-state judicial nominees

Franken fights to retain veto of home-state judicial nominees

"Any Republican who purports to care about the institution of the Senate and the integrity of the judiciary should make clear that they won't be led like sheep by a man who has already shown that his legacy will be the destruction of the Senate as we know it. Democrats should pull out all the stops to make clear how intolerable this move is".

Senators traded rhetorical shots on Wednesday after tensions over the issue - which have been simmering for months - appeared to spill over.

The Kentucky Republican told The Weekly Standard that the blue slip should be viewed "as simply [a] notification of how you're going to vote, not as an opportunity to blackball" a nominee.

"If I had to pick someone, I'd love to draft like Pat Toomey maybe", said FreedomWorks president Adam Brandon.

But the blue slip practice is not guaranteed, he added, saying that Grassley "will determine how to apply the blue slip courtesy for federal judicial nominees, as has always been the practice, " and would address "abuses" of the blue slip process "on a case-by-case basis". "If you mean he's not announcing a committee position, then yes, he's not announcing a committee position". Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.).

Rep. Mark Walker, the head of the conservative-leaning Republican Study Group in the House, said the party would be "better off" without McConnell leading the Senate.

"The Senate has fewer and fewer mechanisms that create bipartisanship and bring people to an agreement".

"The blue slips are one of them, " he continued. Dems plead for nursing home residents" right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks "fake' news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) said.

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It's not the first time senators have fought over the blue slip. "You confirmed President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, but you've also left our judiciary hanging in the balance", the letter reads.

The article's author, Fred Barnes, wrote that that means the blue slip rule now "won't be honored at all".

Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer expressed hope that Grassley would not follow McConnell's lead. These groups have opposed McConnell's establishment candidates in Republican primaries for years.

One such group, the Judicial Crisis Network, planned to launch a $250,000 ad campaign in Washington, DC, on Tuesday that called on McConnell to either change Senate rules to help push through Trump's judges, or keep the Senate in session until Democrats relent in their efforts to slow the process, the outlet reported.

To that end, the conservative movement calls on the Senate leadership to IMMEDIATELY schedule committee and floor action every Thursday and Friday for the foreseeable future to act on President Trump's nominees ... and to begin working a full week, EVERY week, until all nominations have been acted upon. He could be trying, somewhat clumsily, to have it both ways: to insist in the press that he's pushing for a more aggressive approach on nominees while maintaining a more nuanced position within his caucus. It is now holding up such nominees as AUSA Ryan Bounds of OR and state supreme court Justice David Stras of Minnesota.

So far the Judiciary Committee has held hearings for 24 of Trump's nominees, with a hearing for an additional five scheduled next week.

But what's most puzzling about McConnell's announcement is that he, and not Chuck Grassley, is making it. "Franken's decision not to return a blue slip, as was always done when Republican senators didn't return blue slips on President Obama's nominees", Feinstein said in a statement last month.

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