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Fri Feb 9, 2018, 03:32 PM

How One Republican Broke With Tradition to Help Trump Confirm More Judges

By TESSA BERENSON 1:49 PM EST

As President Donald Trump has stocked federal appeals courts with a record-breaking number of conservative judges, the decision by a veteran Republican to break with recent Senate tradition has helped smooth the way.

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley decided to overturn an unwritten rule that both home-state senators had to consent to a judicial pick for it to move forward. Using paperwork known as “blue slips,” senators from the minority party could use the process to halt the president’s more controversial judge picks.

Last week, the Senate confirmed 8th Circuit Judge David Stras, the first nominee seated since Grassley loosened the blue slip rule. (Former Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, who has since resigned over a sexual misconduct scandal, had announced that he opposed Stras last fall because he was too conservative.)

In an interview with TIME, Grassley defended the decision, arguing that the blue-slip policy was not a formal rule, although his immediate predecessor, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, had an absolute policy that he would not move forward on a nomination without the consent of both home-state senators.

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http://time.com/5141506/chuck-grassley-blue-slips-trump-judges/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+timeblogs%2Fswampland+%28TIME%3A+Politics%29

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 9, 2018, 03:34 PM

1. This guy is so Fricken in cahoots with Trump it's not funny!

 

How nuch Russian money has he received?

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Fri Feb 9, 2018, 04:18 PM

2. --assley needs to go

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