Senate Proceeding At Snail’s Pace

Oct 11, 2017

The Senate is progressing at a snail’s pace in getting President Trump’s nominees to the federal judiciary confirmed. Currently there are 149 vacancies. The president has “named 50 judicial nominees since taking office. . . “ The Senate has confirmed a whopping seven nominees.” Senator Mitch McConnell said the Senate has never had to deal with so many “nominees at this early stage of a presidency in modern history.” Conservative think tanks have been complaining to senators about the slow pace of confirmations, “fearing the dispirited Republican Senatecaucus will forfeit an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the federal courts.” McConnell has indicated that he is interested in making some changes to the archaic system of confirmation such as doing away with blue slips. The convention allows home state senators to hold up hearings if they don’t return the slips. Currently there are nearly 12 “unfilled appellate vacancies arising from states with at least one Democratic senator.”