‘We Will Confirm These Nominees. You Can Count On It.’
‘We’re not going to let these mindless attempts to slow progress stop us from confirming the president’s nominees to the judiciary. If that means more cloture votes and more time focused on this task, that’s what we’ll do. But we will confirm these nominees.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Democrat obstruction of the president’s judicial nominees:
“This Senate is continuing to move forward on the outstanding judicial nominations made by President Trump. Many of the well-qualified men and women the president has nominated enjoy substantial bipartisan support.
“Unfortunately, Senate Democrats have decided to continue wasting the Senate’s time with pointless obstruction of these nominees. Time and again, they have erected partisan procedural hurdles designed not to change an outcome but simply to waste the Senate’s time. Often, Democrats don’t even oppose the nominee in question.
“Let’s compare the number of times this days-long delay has been invoked for nominees of the last two presidents, during the first year of their presidency. Republicans required cloture on just one of President Obama’s judicial nominees during his first year. Democrats have invoked this delay for every single one of President Trump’s judicial nominees so far, save one. This week, they’re at it again.
“Today, we will have a cloture vote on the nomination of Trevor McFadden to the district court in the District of Columbia. Not a single Democrat on the Judiciary Committee registered an objection to his nomination; yet we still have to waste time overcoming a procedural hurdle from our Democratic colleagues before the Senate can take up this nomination and consider it. It came out of committee with no opposition.
“We’re not going to let these mindless attempts to slow progress stop us from confirming the president’s nominees to the judiciary. If that means more cloture votes and more time focused on this task, that’s what we’ll do. But we will confirm these nominees. You can count on it.”
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