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  • GOP triggers 'nuclear option' to speed up Trump picks

    04/03/2019 1:15:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 126 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 3, 2019 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Republicans deployed the “nuclear option” on Wednesday to drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to confirm hundreds of President Trump’s nominees. Senators voted 51-48 to change the rules for the amount of time it takes to confirm most executive nominations with only a simple majority of the chamber. GOP Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Susan Collins (Maine) joined with Democrats in opposing the rules change. Republicans are expected to trigger the “nuclear option” for a second time later Wednesday to force through the same change for district court nominations. The combined actions will result in most nominations...
  • Republicans trigger ‘nuclear option’ to speed Trump nominees

    04/03/2019 2:47:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 3, 2019 | Burgess Everett
    The move by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) immediately paves the way for quicker confirmation of President Donald Trump’s judicial and executive branch picks and comes amid deep GOP frustration with Democratic delays. Future presidents will benefit too, though McConnell and Trump stand to gain inordinately as they seek to fill 130 District Court vacancies over the next 18 months before the 2020 election. The nuclear option — a change of the Senate rules by a simple majority — gained its name because it was seen as an explosive maneuver that would leave political fallout for some time to...
  • U.S. Senate Executive Calendar Thursday March 28, 2019

    03/28/2019 7:50:26 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 5 replies
    United States Senate ^ | March 28 2019 | US Senate
    UNANIMOUS CONSENT AGREEMENT Nicole R. Nason (Cal. No. 9) Ordered, That at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mary 28, 2019, the Senate proceed to executive session and consideration of the nomination of Nicole R. Nason, of New York, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Ordered further, That there be 15 minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form and that following the use or yielding back of time the Senate vote on the nomination with no intervening action or debate; that if confirmed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table and the President...
  • McConnell sets stage for 'nuclear option' to change rules on judges

    03/28/2019 12:48:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 28, 2019 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed a procedural motion Thursday to set up a rules change in the Senate next week that will speed up votes to confirm President Trump’s nominees to federal district courts and sub-Cabinet-level executive branch positions. McConnell filed cloture — a motion to cut off dilatory debate — on a motion to proceed to Senate Resolution 50, which would dramatically reduce the amount of time Trump’s nominees have to spend on the floor and let Republicans confirm more of his picks. The resolution would reduce the amount of floor time that must elapse between when...
  • Republicans to Change Senate Rules to Stop Democrat Obstruction of Trump Nominees

    03/12/2019 6:46:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 12,2019 | Ken Klukowski
    WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Republicans are preparing to reinterpret Senate Rules in coming weeks to reduce the number of hours required to confirm presidential nominations, responding to Democrats’ unprecedented obstruction of President Trump’s nominees for both the judiciary and the Executive Branch. In fact, that is what Senate Democrats are doing now. Judges are being slow-walked, with more cloture votes being required in two years for President Trump’s picks than all the judicial nominations of every previous president combined since the filibuster was created in the late 1800s. Similarly, hundreds of the 1,200 Senate-confirmed positions in the Trump administration are...
  • Democrats see loss of Senate power in latest judicial vote

    02/27/2019 10:18:20 AM PST · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    rollcall ^ | February 27, 2019
    Both home-state senators opposed appointment of Eric D. Miller to 9th Circuit The Senate confirmed another of President Donald Trump’s appeals court nominees Tuesday evening, in a vote that Democrats say represents further erosion of senators’ power to influence who is appointed to federal courts from their states. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor that Eric Miller’s law career makes him “well prepared” for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which is based in San Francisco and hears cases from nine states. Miller, confirmed 53-46, will fill a spot that has...
  • Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris push White House for deal on judicial nominees

    11/19/2018 1:55:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 196 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2018 | Gabriella Munoz
    Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both members of the Judiciary Committee, called on the White House Monday to make a deal to fill court vacancies. ~snip~ They offered accepting Judge James Rogan, a Trump pick, as long as their choice — Judge Lucy Koh — is also confirmed. They also proposed that each party select a nominee from the other’s list to confirm.
  • Progressives furious about Senate judicial nominee deal

    10/11/2018 4:52:16 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 54 replies
    The Hlll ^ | 10/11/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Progressive outside groups immediately panned a deal Thursday on President Trump's judicial nominations, which is paving the way for the Senate to leave town until after the November election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a deal on 15 nominations—marking one of the Senate's final items on its to-do list before a weeks-long recess. But progressives immediately argued the agreement was too soon after Democrats lost their uphill bid to block Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Chris Kang, the counsel for Demand Justice, blasted Democrats as "passive" and warned that progressives were "not going to tolerate this kind of...
  • Trump announces 17th wave of judicial nominees, tabs two women for circuit courts

    08/28/2018 1:51:07 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 8/27/18 | Alex Swoyer
    President Trump on Monday announced two new appeals court nominees and two more picks for district court judges, continuing to fulfill his promise of reshaping the federal bench with a conservative bent. The president tapped Allison Jones Rushing, a North Carolina attorney, to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Bridget Shelton Bade, a magistrate judge for the District of Arizona, for a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The district judges would serve on courts in Georgia and Louisiana. The new nominations come as the Senate prepares to vote on a dozen district court judges...
  • Senate confirms seven more of Trump's judges

    08/28/2018 6:08:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate confirmed seven of President Trump’s district court nominees on Tuesday after Republicans struck a deal with Democrats to shorten the usual vote times. And the GOP set up another eight votes on district judges for next week, when the Senate returns after a brief Labor Day vacation. The seven approved this week now give Mr. Trump 35 districts court judges approved so far. He’s also won 26 judges to federal circuit courts appeals, and one Supreme Court justice.
  • Trump’s longest-waiting circuit court pick to get confirmation vote this week

    05/07/2018 12:44:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate is preparing to confirm six of President Trump’s federal appeals court judges this week, including a pick that doesn’t have support from one of his home-state senators and has been Mr. Trump’s longest-pending federal appeals court nominee. Michael B. Brennan, who was tapped for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, was nominated more than 246 days ago. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, has placed him on the chamber’s agenda for a confirmation vote this week after the Senate Judiciary Committee cleared Mr. Brennan by a party-line vote. Mr. Brennan is one of six...
  • Trump’s New Judicial Litmus Test: Shrinking ‘the Administrative State’

    03/27/2018 7:14:06 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 26, 2018 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    WASHINGTON — It has been practically a given that anyone nominated for a federal judgeship by a Republican president had to pass an unspoken litmus test — usually on abortion but often on any number of divisive social issues. The Trump administration has a new litmus test: reining in what conservatives call “the administrative state.” With surprising frankness, the White House has laid out a plan to fill the courts with judges devoted to a legal doctrine that challenges the broad power federal agencies have to interpret laws and enforce regulations, often without being subject to judicial oversight. Those not...
  • Democrat Obstruction Leads to More Court Vacancies Than When Trump Took Office

    03/07/2018 1:40:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 3/7/18 | Fred Lucas
    President Donald Trump had a successful year in seating appeals court judges, but it is lower-level federal courts that have blocked much of his policy agenda, including withholding funds from sanctuary cities and restricting travel from some nations. Trump came into office in January 2017 with 108 vacancies on the federal bench. Despite rapidly moving to fill the seats, he now has 178 current and known future vacancies, according to the Judicial Crisis Network. The conservative group reports 146 current vacancies on federal courts and 32 known future vacancies, meaning judges who have announced they will retire. Of the total...
  • Trump unveils 11th round of judicial nominees

    02/12/2018 9:57:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 12, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    President Trump announced his 11th wave of judicial nominees on Monday, intending to nominate nine federal judges including four federal circuit court picks. Since taking office roughly one year ago, Mr. Trump faced an unprecedented amount of vacancies on the federal bench. He’s had 13 circuit court judges confirmed in the past year.
  • Liberal Groups Mobilize Against Trump’s First 9th Circuit Nominee

    02/11/2018 2:55:30 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    Daily ^ | 2/11/18 | Kevin Daley
    Liberal advocacy groups have mobilized in opposition to Ryan Bounds, President Donald Trump’s first nominee to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Though criticisms of his professional record are slim thus far, progressive interest groups claim his undergraduate writings are highly inflammatory, such that his temperament might be questioned. The Alliance for Justice (AFJ), a progressive advocacy organization, reviewed dozens of pieces Bounds wrote as a college student for a conservative weekly called the Stanford Review, that are intensely critical of student activist clubs and campus multiculturalism policies. Taken together, the Alliance says his writings betray an intolerant worldview.
  • Constitutional Lawyer Who Won Hobby Lobby Case Awaits Confirmation to 5th Circuit

    11/10/2017 9:09:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 10, 2017 | Micah Rate
    One of President Trump's judicial nominees is getting much-needed support from the Judicial Crisis Network. The network is throwing its support behind Kyle Duncan, President Trump's choice for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana.Duncan has quite the track record. He is a Constitutional lawyer and represented Hobby Lobby in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Hobby Lobby case tackled the question of whether or not the Religious Freedom Act of 1993 allows a business to not provide contraception to its employees based on the sincerely held religious beliefs of its owners. In a...
  • American Bar Association refers to conservatives as ‘you people’ when rating Trump’s judicial pick

    11/01/2017 4:46:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 1, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    American Bar Association evaluators referred to conservatives as “you people” and prodded one of President Trump’s judicial picks on his personal beliefs about abortion before slapping him with the group’s lowest judicial rating, the nominee told Congress Wednesday. Leonard Grasz, nominated for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, received a “not qualified” rating from the ABA after the grilling. He said that during the questioning it became clear the ABA evaluators didn’t like his pro-life personal stance. “I was asked repeatedly for my personal opinion on social issues including abortion — it seemed to be a great topic of...
  • Trump’s Excellent Judges

    10/03/2017 6:40:50 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 1, 2017
    The start of a new Supreme Court term is a good moment to note some under-reported news: President Trump is rapidly remaking the federal appellate and district courts, with highly qualified nominees who fulfill his campaign promise to pick “constitutional conservatives.” The White House announced its eighth batch of judicial nominees on Thursday, including four excellent choices for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. They include a pair of Texans: Don Willett, who is now on the Texas Supreme Court and is well known for his witty Twitter feed; and James Ho, a Gibson, Dunn partner in Dallas who clerked...
  • Senate Judiciary Committee clears four of Trump’s judges

    09/14/2017 2:25:40 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 9/14/17 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced four of President Trump’s judicial nominees Thursday, including one appeals court pick who won unanimous approval from the panel. The committee voted 20-0 for District Court Judge Ralph Ericsson for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Senators also approved two of Mr. Trump’s district court judges, Donald Coggins Jr. for the District of South Carolina and Dabney Friedrich for the District of Columbia, by voice votes. But the committee was more divided on Stephen Schwartz, Mr. Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, clearing him on an 11-9 party-line vote. Sen. Dianne...
  • Trump nominates 16 judges as Democrats look ahead to Supreme Court fight

    09/07/2017 4:42:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 7, 2017 | Ariane de Vogue,
    There are issues that have deeply divided President Donald Trump and conservatives during the first turbulent months since his inauguration. The judiciary is not one of them. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is a clean win. And lawyers inside and outside of the administration are working to vet potential conservative nominees, fill vacancies and ensure that the appellate bench is deep in case another Supreme Court vacancy arises. Amid tension, Trump and McConnell together on judges As such on Thursday, the President announced 16 more nominees -- including his own deputy White House counsel -- for lower court seats.