Monday, November 23, 2020

NOW FOR SOME GOOD NEWS: Senate GOP Racing to Confirm Trump Nominees in Lame-Duck Session; Trump, GOP Defy Precedent with Lame Duck Judicial Appointees

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Senate GOP racing to confirm Trump nominees in lame-duck session:
Senate Republicans are moving to push through more of President Trump’s conservative nominees during a lame-duck session and in his final days at the White House — extending Trump’s legacy on the government for years, particularly in the judiciary, sources told Politico.
Much to the dismay of Democrats, the Senate confirmations overseen by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could frustrate the agenda of President-elect Joe Biden.
While Trump has yet to concede the election to Biden, the Senate GOP is moving to confirm Trump appointees to the Federal Elections Commission, the Federal Reserve Board and the federal judiciary.
Democrats are crying foul — but as long as the Republicans control the Senate, they can’t stop the confirmations or actions Trump takes. --->READ MORE HERE
Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg
Senate Republicans are racing ahead with post-election judicial confirmations, breaking a 123-year tradition against voting on judicial nominees of an outgoing president of the defeated party during a lame duck session.
The Senate has confirmed six district court nominees since reconvening after the Nov. 3 election that saw Democrat Joe Biden defeat President Donald Trump. Trial court nominees confirmed this week included another Trump nominee rated unqualified by the American Bar Association.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also wants to confirm Trump’s two remaining circuit picks whose nominations arose after Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s elevation to the Supreme Court from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the death of a First Circuit judge.
“I don’t see how you ratchet this back,” said Russell Wheeler, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies judicial nominations. --->READ MORE HERE

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