(Brendan Clarey, Liberty Headlines) Conservatives are anxious to see President Trump’s judicial nominations approved and are ramping up the pressure on Senate Republicans.
The Conservative Action Project and the Judicial Crisis Network are the latest groups to demand action from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Republicans, according to Politico.
The memo published Tuesday by the Conservative Action Project, an organization self-described as “over 100 organizations representing all major elements of the conservative movement,” gets to the heart of the issue: slackers in the Senate.
“The slow pace of Senate confirmations is exacerbated by the Senate’s continued insistence on working no more than 2 ½ days a week – arriving on Monday evening for a handful of votes, and departing, on average, by 2:30 p.m. each Thursday afternoon,” the memo reads. They also insist that previous Senates worked harder, spending more time in session and staying later.
Then the focus of the memo shifts, blaming the Republican majority for the delays.
“Also troubling is the Republican insistence that Democrats are ‘obstructing’ votes on these nominations, as claimed in a recent press release from the Senate Majority Leader’s office,” the memo says. “It is unclear what obstruction is taking place. Democrats no longer have the ability to filibuster any nominees, judicial or executive. Any simple objections they do make – such as running all post-cloture time – are simply process objections that can be easily overcome.”
They then take aim at Majority Mitch McConnell, urging him to work around Democrats’ delays by “forcing continuous session overnight and through the weekend.” They say that if that happened, they “could confirm up to five nominees every week even if Democrats made them run the full post-cloture time on each nomination.” The post-cloture time is 30 hours.
“Democrats may be able to delay consideration of nominees for a short time, but they ultimately can no longer obstruct,” the memo said. “In the absence of the filibuster, the fate of every nominee rests solely with Majority Leader McConnell and the will of the GOP conference to do the necessary work.”
This comes just after McConnell met with the Judicial Crisis Network to quell their anxieties, according to Politico. The conservative organization planned to buy ad space to put pressure on the Majority Leader, telling him to “change the Senate rules to jam through new judges or keep the chamber in session until Democrats relent out of fatigue,” someone familiar with the matter told Politico.
“The campaign, including the advertising, is in a holding pattern for now because Leader McConnell’s office has reached out and wants to have discussions about how best to proceed in the coming months in order to avoid the kind of judicial confirmations bottleneck that the groups are concerned about,” said a spokesperson for the Judicial Crisis Network, according to Politico’s report.
“In the midst of a very busy legislative calendar, which includes the budget and tax reform, it’s encouraging to see there is a willingness to sharpen the judicial confirmation strategy,” continued the spokesperson. “We are hopeful the discussions will bear fruit.”
Despite the frustrations of conservatives, there are some who are impressed with the president’s successful nominations.
“Trump’s speed in nominating judges has been perhaps the most successful aspect of his presidency,” said University of Richmond law professor, Carl Tobias, to the Huffington Post. “Trump has easily surpassed Obama, Bush and Clinton at this point in the first year of their presidencies in terms of the sheer number nominated.”
The article, published Saturday, distinguishes between the nominations and the approvals, but argues that the nominations will have a profound effect, even if it’s not as soon as conservatives would like.
At one point the article states: “If Trump’s current judicial nominees are a preview of the kinds of judges he plans to nominate in the coming years, prepare for a significantly more socially conservative group of people shaping the nation’s laws.”