Republicans from the Senate want to change the rules so they can push more than Trump's judicial and administrative candidates – and they just have one step closer to that.
The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday presented a resolution that will further limit the time for the various candidates to be discussed on the Senate floor. Currently, if MPs vote to limit the debate on a candidate, it can still continue for 30 hours. In fact, because the Senate is only so long, it means there is a limited number of candidates that Republicans can experience – and that's something they want to change.
This resolution, which Republicans claim to have offered in direct response to Democratic efforts to hinder Trump's candidates, will only apply to court appointees of district courts and lower administration posts. It does not include candidates for the Supreme Court, courts in the chain, or positions of the Cabinet.
The Republicans say the change of rules is necessary because Democrats have given up their way of delaying the examination of Trump's candidates. Meanwhile, Democrats say the Republicans have exterminated other processes, such as "blue fiches," which would otherwise allow them to voice their concerns with different candidates.
"The Senate Democrats spent the first two years of Trump's administration withdrawing the confirmation process, not only denying their president, but also losing floor hours that had to be spent focusing on the priorities of the American people, "Blunt said in a statement. "This is nothing more than a hindrance to obstruction and it is scandalous."
Blunt's criticism has struck Democratic efforts to hold Trump's candidates as a result of changes to Senate rules that eradicated piracy. After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell uses the "nuclear option" to reduce the number of votes needed to confirm the Supreme Court's candidacy – a process originally initiated by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid for lower-level judicial appointments – Democrats have tried to use every procedural tool available to try to delay confirmations.
Efforts have been made by both President Trump and the Senate Republicans who have made the confirmation of the jury candidates, especially on their central agenda.
For FAR TOO LONG Senate Democrats hindered more than 350 nominations. These great Americans have left their jobs to serve our country, but they can not because Dams has blocked them, some for two years of historical record. He handed over committees, but Sumer held them.
– Donald J. January 2, 2019
"As I said before, there is a time for clogging, I myself was dealing with it, it depends on what is interfering.If this is something big and important, understandable – said McConnell in early February, "If you're just trying to throw sand into your gear so the administration can not function, it's unacceptable."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Sumer has already rejected the change in rules he will need 60 votes and the support of some Democrats to eventually pass the top camera. he told Bloomberg that he would not support him if the Republicans did not restore other official processes for the Democrats to come back against different candidates
"Unless they return to 60 votes or do not rebuild the blue slips, then there is reason to move, "he said.
How the change of rules will work
As the rules are currently in force, Trump's candidates who have received a Senate confirmation usually receive two votes if they are controversial. The first vote is a procedural vote to limit the debate on their candidacy, and the second vote is official confirmation.
Any member of the Senate can oppose the consideration of the candidacy of the word and insist that the debate continue indefinitely. The first vote on the procedure, known as the "clotting" vote, aims to curb this debate so that the upper house can actually vote for a nomination. If the Senate votes in favor of the first procedural vote, the further debate on the candidate is limited to 30 hours.
As former Reid employee Adam Genthelson noted in a post for the Washington Post, forcing the use of this procedural vote is one of the few tactics that Democrats still have to delay the confirmations for the Trump candidates. If they use it, candidates can get approval within four days.
Democrats have used this tactic more often in the Trump administration than many previous ones, simply because other means of opposing different nominees have been eroded. Earlier MEPs could use "blue fiches" to indicate that they were not satisfied with a particular court candidate, but the presidents of the Republican Judicial Commission did not impose the use of this option.
Republicans are not satisfied with the delay in procedural procedures, and the subsequent debates have provoked, and that's exactly what the change of rules seeks to address.
"President Bush, Clinton and Obama had a total of 24 cohorts in the three administrations in the first two years; At this congress, Democrats were asked for 128 votes for clotting, "Blunt said during a press briefing on Tuesday. "Obviously, this is just a time-consuming experience."
If it passes through, the debate on the candidates will be limited to two hours rather than 30. This is a change that was previously made in the Senate procedure in 2013, a temporary standing order but the resolution of Blount and Lankford will make the change permanent.
Updating the rules will reduce the time needed to validate candidates by about a day, which means that the majority of Republicans could push more candidates.
Changing the rules needs 60 votes to pass the Senate
While the change of rules has successfully passed through a commission, it will not go to the hall without the support of at least seven members of the Democratic Party. It is unclear whether he will be able to gather this support as Democrats have not voted in favor on Wednesday, and Sumer has already rejected the proposal.
As the Washington Post reports, McConnell sailed using the "nuclear option" to get the resolution through the Senate. If he did, the change of rules would only take 51 votes, something that would be nice to receive, given the 53-47 republican majority.
"Do not be fooled that Republicans can change that and they will," said Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
This is a move that would help Republicans to achieve one of their key priorities, but it will also give Democrats an even greater license to say that PP is focused on congestion through their candidates, no matter how far change Senate norms.