Mitch McConnell Goes to the Mattresses for Trump's Judicial Nominees


"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". A Congressional Research Service report noted that "since 1979, the impact of negative blue slips has varied as leadership in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary has changed".

"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.

"We have not made any announcements about a Conference or committee position", he added.

Last month, McConnell told the New York Times that the blue slip process shouldn't be used to block appeals judges, but he believed it should still be used for lower-court judges.

Both parties have used blue slips to block a president's court picks. 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.

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I can not read Foy's quoted statement, however, without thinking that the use of the blue slip to block the the Stras nomination represents a "case" of "abuse" by Minnesota's own Al Franken.

It's ultimately up to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the panel's former chairman, told HuffPost in June that Grassley gave him his word he would keep the rule.

So far the Judiciary Committee has held hearings for 24 of Trump's nominees, with a hearing for an additional five scheduled next week. Republican senators withheld blue slips on 18 judicial nominees during the Obama administration.

McConnell is under tremendous pressure from conservative groups to do more to confirm Trump's judges.

The Republican drive to confirm federal judges has gained momentum from a series of actions by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell's aides contacted the group to defuse the situation, per Politico.

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But, it seems that solitary confirmation is also the singular key achievement in the judicial realm, and conservative groups are growing increasingly restless in watching and waiting for more open judgeships to be filled. Per Article II of the U.S. Constitution, more than 1,200 of the most senior of these positions can only be nominated by the president and then must be confirmed by the Senate.

They follow boasts Monday by Steve Bannon, an informal adviser to President Donald Trump and an executive at Breitbart News, that "we're going to cut off the oxygen to Mitch McConnell" by making it hard for him to raise money and support establishment candidates and incumbents - officeholders who these groups say not only have failed to "drain the swamp" but more accurately represent "the swamp" itself.

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.

And when nominees "come out of committee, I guarantee they will be dealt with", McConnell said.

While these leaders acknowledge the unprecedented delay tactics that Senate Democrats are using to slow-walk these nominations, they refuse to allow these to be an excuse for not delivering results.

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It should be relatively easy for Republicans to confirm judges.