SENATE BLUE SLIP PROCEDURE AND JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS
May 31, 2017
Pray for God’s will to be done in the federal judiciary, from the rules in the Senate to the actual confirmations. Click HERE to download IFA’s Judicial Appointments Special Report Prayer Guide.
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him (Lam. 3:25)
“Senate Republicans are threatening to change a custom that allows Democratic senators to block some judicial choices from their states, in an effort to speed along a conservative transformation of the federal judiciary.
Leaders are considering a change to the Senate’s “blue slip” practice, which holds that judicial nominations will not proceed unless the nominee’s home-state senators signal their consent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republicans say they will make the change if Democrats throw up blanket opposition to President Trump’s nominees.
Adherence to the custom has waxed and waned, depending on the views of Senate leaders. But the rule was strictly observed during the Obama administration, and GOP opposition to President Barack Obama’s nominees partly explains why Trump entered office with more than 120 judicial vacancies to fill.
Removing the blue-slip obstacle would make it much easier for Trump’s choices to be confirmed. Although Trump and Senate Republicans have clashed early in his presidency, they agree on the importance of putting conservatives on the federal bench.” (Excerpted from The Washington Post, reporting by Robert Barnes and Ed O’Keefe.)