The Senate is considering a resolution (S.Res.355) that will lower Senate debate time on the nomination of federal district judges from 30 hours to 2 hours. Democrats have been obstructing the vote on President Donald Trump's district judges by unnecessarily forcing 30 hours of floor debate on nearly every nominee. At the current rate, it would take almost 9 years to confirm President Trump’s nominees.
The resolution passed out of the Senate Rules Committee along a party-line vote of 10-9. As of today, only 3 Senators have cosponsored the bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring it up for a vote.
Many GOP Senators doubt Democrats will support the rules change and want to use the nuclear option to pass the bill by a simple majority, requiring only 51 votes. The nuclear option is a precedent set by former Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and more recently used by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
The chart below indicates how Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has weaponized the rules to obstruct the nomination process. Republicans have had to invoke cloture at least 89 times to end filibusters by Democrats. This pales in comparison to the number of times cloture was invoked in the past: George H.W. Bush (0), Bill Clinton (7), George W. Bush (0), and Barak Obama (17). Click here for more on Democratic obstruction.
Unless Senate Republicans sign on to this bill and press Senate leadership to take the bill up, Democrats will continue to obstruct the nomination process and President Trump's judicial nominees will be blocked.
Please urge your senators to sign on as cosponsors of S.Res. 355 to put an end to Democratic obstructionism.