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The Wall Street Journal NAILS It: End the Nomination Blockade

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The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal really nails it as they call for an end to the blockade of President Trump’s nominee’s.

They then go on to offer a relatively easy way to accomplish this, but it requires some spine on the part of Republicans.

Basically all McConnell needs to do is keep Democrats in Washington until they agree to confirm every, or at least most nominees thereby depriving them of valuable time to get home and campaign.

Here’s the issue:

Democrats file cloture on every nominee, which kicks off 30 hours of debate even if no Senator is opposed. They figure if they can’t defeat nominees they can delay and consume valuable time.

Democrats have forced 117 cloture votes—versus 12 in Barack Obama’s first two years and four in George W. Bush’s.

The question this month is whether Senate Democrats will accept a deal to confirm more judges and nominees, which would allow vulnerable Members to return home to campaign.

Let’s hope Republicans extract a high price for that privilege: Some 198 nominations are backed up awaiting confirmation, according to the Partnership for Public Service tracking.


The nominations range from State Department under secretaries to Labor Department spots.

Charles Stimson was nominated in June 2017 to be general counsel of the Navy, which needs urgent legal direction to deal with the fallout from recent ship accidents, as well as lawsuits against bases in Guam and Maine.

Democrats have also blocked Justin Muzinich for the No. 2 post at Treasury since his nomination in April.

Treasury could use the former banker who has taught at Columbia Business School to shore up its financial-crisis management. Three appellate court and some 36 district court nominations are also awaiting a Senate floor vote.

There are many more nominees in limbo and Democrats are blocking these nominations simply because they choose to obstruct.

If the situation was reversed and the GOP was blocking a Democrat president’s nominees you can bet the media would scream bloody murder.

McConnell should threaten to hold the Senate in session indefinitely unless Democrats agree to move on these nominations.

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