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Old 10-11-2017, 7:18 PM
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Angry "Mitch McConnell Is Keeping The Senate Rule That Lets Dems Block Trump's Judges"

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This is one of those arcane rules that helps explain why, whether Repub or Dems are in control, only the speed, not the direction, of our country changes. This rule helps keep "the Establishment"/"Insiders" have power, even when they're the minority. RINOs acting in concert with Dems will stop the Trump legislative agenda just the way that killed ConCarry in Texas earlier this year. By the below, it looks like they're also killing Trump's judicial appointments....

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will continue to honor the blue slip rule ― an arcane but hugely consequential Senate tradition that lets lawmakers block a president’s judicial nominees from their home states ― even though a news article suggested he would get rid of it, his spokesman said.

The Weekly Standard reported Wednesday that McConnell said in an interview that Democrats would no longer be allowed to use the rule to deny some of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees a committee hearing or a vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee currently requires both home-state senators of a judicial nominee to turn in a blue slip ― literally, a blue piece of paper ― to signal support for moving forward with the nominee. Without blue slips from both senators, the nominee won’t get a hearing and the nomination is effectively dead. Blue slips amount to giving a single senator veto power over a president’s court pick.


Trump has been nominating judges at lightning speed since taking office, outpacing both Obama and former President George W. Bush in the number of nominated by this point in their White House tenure. The White House has been working closely with the right-leaning Federalist Society to pick his appeals court nominees, many of whom have been young, conservative, and opposed to LGBTQ rights and abortion rights.

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.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:20 PM
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Old 10-12-2017, 5:25 AM
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There are a lot of such "rules" that were designed to keep the "leaders" in power. Most of them are "arcane".
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Old 10-12-2017, 7:13 AM
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Seems he is trying real hard to become minority leader. Mitch has got to go! Swamp runs real deep in his parts. I can't imagine being owned by so many. As Rush keeps saying, "just three months."
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Old 10-12-2017, 7:58 AM
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Another reason for Bannon to get him out.
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