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The Hill: Trump May Ask Senate to Go Nuclear on Confirmations

The Hill: Trump May Ask Senate to Go Nuclear on Confirmations
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky (Alex Wong/Getty Image)

By    |   Monday, 14 May 2018 08:54 PM

President Donald Trump will try to persuade Senate Republicans on Tuesday to change the rules to speed up consideration of his nominees for vacant court seats and executive posts, The Hill reported.

Trump lags far behind four previous presidents in the number of days it has taken to confirm nominees — 84 for Trump picks, according to the Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan group that tracks confirmations, The Hill reported.

"Waiting for approval of almost 300 nominations, worst in history. Democrats are doing everything possible to obstruct, all they know how to do," Trump tweeted last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has not said if he will us a controversial party-line vote known as the nuclear option to help pass a measure to shorten the debate time.

"If I were president, I'd be asking us about it: 'What are you going to do?'" Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told The Hill. "I’d be pressing hard to change the rules of the Senate using Harry Reid's precedent."

The former Senate Majority leader, a Nevada Democrat, used a party-line vote in 2013 to lower the threshold for ending debate on executive branch and most judicial nominees, changing it from 60 votes to a simple majority.

Republicans control 51 seats, but have an effective majority of 50 because of Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., absence while he undergoes treatment for brain cancer. No Democrat is expected to vote for the rules change, The Hill reported.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., told The Hill that GOP leaders will first try to get 67 or 60 votes to shorten debate time — but will consider other options if that does not work.

"This idea that they can continue to use the clock the way they are to just stall us and kill time in the Senate, I think, is crying out for action," Thune told The Hill. "Our members might raise it with [Trump]" at a planned lunch Tuesday, he said.

As of May 10, Trump has sent 194 nominees to the Senate that had not yet been confirmed, according to the Partnership for Public Service, The Hill reported.

The number of vacancies on circuit, district and other federal courts has reached 149, according to uscourts.gov.

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In order to speed up consideration of his nominees for vacant court seats and executive posts, President Donald Trump will try to persuade Senate Republicans on Tuesday to enact the Harry Reid nuclear option, according to The Hill.
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