PFAW Response to McConnell Comments on Changing Blue Slip Process

PFAW Response to McConnell Comments on Changing Blue Slip Process

Grassley has so far been reluctant to end the blue-slip tradition, even as past judiciary panel chairmen, including Sen.

The Kentucky Republican told The Weekly Standard that going forward, the lack of notice will be seen, "as simply notification of how you're going to vote, not as an opportunity to blackball".

In my post on Fred Barnes's scoop on Senate Majority Leader McConnell's declaration on the evanescence of the the senatorial blue slip, I asked for the ocular proof. Only seven judges have been confirmed this year, and Senate Republicans fear they could lose control of the Senate next year, hampering their ability to approve judges.

"The campaign, including the advertising, is in a holding pattern for now because Leader McConnell's office has reached out and wants to have discussions about how best to proceed in the coming months in order to avoid the kind of judicial confirmations bottleneck that the groups are concerned about", a Judicial Crisis Network spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider.

Trump himself has been critical of McConnell and former Trump strategist Steve Bannon is vowing to help recruit primary candidates to challenge incumbent GOP senators. Now it won't be honored at all.

In August, all but three Senate Democrats signed a letter to Trump, McConnell and Sen.

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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. That, in turn, makes it easier for Trump to advance nominees in states that do not have any Democratic Senate representation.

McConnell is facing criticism from conservatives who say judicial nominees aren't being approved quickly enough.

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. 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.

In the interview, McConnell said "it takes a while to get [more judicial nominees] in the pipelines". According to the official site for United States Courts, there are now 149 vacancies. But the White House has begun turning out more nominations in recent weeks.

"If Mitch McConnell does not step down, we foresee a scorched earth disaster from a furious Republican base that will take it out on elected officials in 2018 and again in 2020", Bozell said.

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