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Republican “Nuclear Option” Will Speed Confirmation of Trump’s Judges

HeadlineApr 04, 2019

Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell has invoked the so-called nuclear option, speeding up the confirmation of President Trump’s nominees. After just 33 minutes of debate, senators voted Wednesday along party lines in favor of the new rules, which will limit the Senate to just two hours of debate on whether to confirm nominees to U.S. district courts and other federal agencies. The move rolls back a more than two-century-old Senate tradition of unlimited debate for executive branch and judicial nominees. Under McConnell’s Senate leadership, President Trump has already succeeded in appointing federal judges at a record pace, in a move toward far-right judges that will reshape the judiciary for decades to come.

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