McConnell calls for ending Senate tradition that gives Democrats with leverage on Trump’s judicial nominees

13 Sep , 2017 Business

Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday told The New York Times that he thinks the “blue slip” practice should be scrapped for circuit court nominations, a move that would eliminate Democrats’ only leverage against President Donald Trump’s picks to the nation’s second-highest courts.

“My personal view is that the blue slip, with regard to circuit court appointments, ought to simply be a notification of how you’re going to vote, not the opportunity to blackball,” McConnell told The Times, adding that he still favors keeping the practice in place in its current form for district court judges.

Responding to McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told The Times that “getting rid fo the blue slip would be a mistake.”

“Preserving some of the minority’s power in the Senate has broad support because every one of us knows we’re probably going to be in some of each,” he said.

McConnell’s comments came after Democrats used the blue slip to block two of Trump’s nominees to circuit courts last week.

Last Tuesday, Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota refused to sign off on Trump’s nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Judge David Stras for a vacancy …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance

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