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Senate GOP Seeks to Change Rules to Speed Confirmation of Trump Picks

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By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 02:21 PM

Republican senators are looking to change Senate rules to speed up the confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominees to administration positions, according to a report Friday in The Hill.

Republicans say that Democrats are using the amount of debate time to slow down the nominees and the Republican agenda.

"It merely shortens what is currently an unreasonably long process," according to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the Hill reported.

Support for a change appears to be increasing, as Republicans have been in talks about it for months. The Senate Rules Committee met to discuss a measure from Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., before the holidays.

Lankford's resolution would limit debate time after nominations have been shown to have enough support to pass. Post-cloture debate would be cut from 30 hours to eight, while debate on district court nominees would be limited to two hours, according to the report.

Debating the nominees takes up time that could be used on other actions, Lankford said. "We have learned as a body that we are going to do nominees, or we are going to do legislation, but we can't do both… the Senate cannot walk and chew gum at the same time," he said.

Trump's nominations are taking around 72 days on average to confirm, while previous presidents' nominations took less time: 51 days for Barack Obama and 36 days for George W. Bush, according to the Hill.

The administration has not yet nominated 249 out of 624 "key" positions, according to a Washington Post tracker.

Democrats appear unfavorable to the rule change. "I just feel this is not the right moment to make these changes as the rule. This change would only add to the partisan atmosphere," said Sen. Amy Klobuchard, D-Minn., the Hill reported.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he would only support Lankford's plan if it included "good faith" talks among both parties.

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