Senate GOP to Change Rules Speeding Up President Trump’s Nominees
Momentum is building for a change in the Senate rules that would shorten the time allowed for lawmakers to debate each of President Donald Trump’s judicial and executive branch nominees, Republican senators told the press.
The GOP lawmakers explained that their desire to quicken the process is due to frustration over Democratic delaying tactics.
Over the past 20 years both parties have accused each other of delaying nominees.
In fact, in 2013 Democrats temporarily shortened the debate time in Y 2013 after complaining Republicans were employing such tactics.
Senator James Lankford (R-OK) proposed returning to that rule change, which reduced debate time from 30 hours to 8 hours for most executive branch nominations and from 30 hours to 2 hours for lower judicial branch nominations.
“There is no reason to burn a lot of time on the floor for noncontroversial nominees just because you can,” GOP Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said. “And it’s slowing down the process. There are a lot of important vacancies that exist.”
Stressing the seriousness of the GOP efforts, the Senate Rules Committee is slated to vote soon on a measure to shorten debate time, Cornyn said.
In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned earlier this week that he would keep the chamber in session into the weekend until President Trump’s current slate of 6 nominees is confirmed
Republicans point out the extent of the problem, in that President Trump’s nominees are taking an average of 84 days to confirm,