PFAW Response to McConnell Comments on Changing Blue Slip Process

PFAW Response to McConnell Comments on Changing Blue Slip Process

PFAW Response to McConnell Comments on Changing Blue Slip Process

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear that Senate Republicans intend to get President Donald Trump's judicial nominees confirmed no matter what obstacles the Democrats throw their way.

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

These stories seem to me to render Senator McConnell's declaration to Fred Barnes inoperative as reported.

In his interview with the Weekly Standard, parts of which were published Wednesday, McConnell stressed that the use of "blue slips" - named after the piece of paper senators from a potential federal judge's state must sign to indicate their approval - is a custom, not a rule, and that the use of them will no longer be enforced. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.). Perhaps the Judiciary Committee chairman is deferring to his Leader so that the Kentuckian can get credit for clearing the way for Trump's nominees; he could certainly use some political capital among the conservatives who are more often than not calling for his head.

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"The Senate has fewer and fewer mechanisms that create bipartisanship and bring people to an agreement". The blue slip process represents more than simply a longstanding practice: it's a way for senators to protect their constituents from extremism and cronyism.

"2017 has been a disappointing year for the millions of Americans who fully expected, and had every right to expect real change in Washington", the letter said.

It's not the first time senators have fought over the blue slip. His refusal to return a so-called "blue slip" on Stras has effectively scuttled the nomination under Senate rules.

President Trump has hundreds of nominees for top administration positions awaiting confirmation, some of which have implications for national security.

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The Senate hasn't confirmed many of Trump's picks, though ― a total of six district and appeals court judges so far ― hence the pressure on McConnell to do more. Mandel, who is now the OH state treasurer, has courted support from some of the very firebrands who hope to upset the GOP's status quo and pass much of Trump's agenda. "They are wrong and we can not overstate the frustration and growing concern with the Republican Senate leadership for its failure during this entire year to do its work".

Democratic Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report John Oliver rips AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE (D-Minn.) has said he will not return a blue slip for Trump's nominee for the 8th Circuit, David Stras. And he can make this happen because he sets the Senate schedule. That used to require 60 votes, but when Democrats controlled the chamber in 2013, they lowered the threshold after Republicans routinely used the filibuster to block Obama's nominees. It is now holding up such nominees as AUSA Ryan Bounds of OR and state supreme court Justice David Stras of Minnesota.

"This should be, and has historically been, the decision of the chair, and Chuck Grassley has been trying to be as fair as possible", said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who specializes in judicial nominations.

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

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"Senator Grassley has said that he expects Senators and the president to continue engaging in consultation when selecting judicial nominees, and that, as in the past, any abuses of the courtesy would be addressed on a case-by-case basis", Foy added on Wednesday.

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