Chuck Grassley Says It's Wrong To Deny Judicial Nominees A Hearing, Why Do You Ask?
Truly a matter of principle, at least now.
Chuck Grassley takes his duties as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committe very seriously, which is why he is putting an end to the century-old tradition of "blue slips" for federal judicial nominees; in the past, a senator from the home state where a new federal judge would serve would have to sign off on the nominee before he (or even she!) got a hearing, giving senators a measure of input over who'd be administering federal law in their states. Grassley is so over blue slips:
The Iowa Republican announced Thursday that he is going ahead with a confirmation hearing for a nominee to the powerful appellate courts despite the objections of a Democrat who had been blocking the nomination for months.
Democrats obstructing Donald Trump's judicial nominees? Now there's an idea we can get behind.
“I won’t allow the White House to just steamroll home-state senators,” Grassley said. “But, as I’ve said all along, I won’t allow the blue slip process to be abused. I won’t allow senators to prevent a Committee hearing for political or ideological reasons.”
And somewhere in the distance, Neil Gorsuch barked.
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