(National Sentinel)Â Obstructionists: Increasingly unhinged Democrats in the Senate are proving why many of the ‘august’ chamber’s rules are outmoded and actually hamper the chamber’s ability to do the work of the nation and our people.
That includes the process to provide ‘advice and consent’ orÂ non-consent to POTUS Donald Trump’s judicial picks.
Despite the fact that federal courts are overwhelmed with cases — many of whichÂ shouldn’t be there in the first place — there are 179 current or future vacancies on the federal bench, and 160 of them are district or special courts,Â The Daily Signal reports.
District courts are cases — many of themÂ contentious — begin.
But since March, thanks to obstructionism by Democrats,Â just fiveÂ of the president’s district court nominees have been approved. That’s because Democrats have forced a full 30 hours of debate onÂ each nominee, though they were eventually approved with 95 or more votes.
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has had enough. He’s keeping the Senate in session this week to mass-approve a slew of POTUS judicial nominees for the very influential district court vacancies.
Scheduled for votes are 12 judicial nominees and a host of Trump administration appointees as well.
“Currently before us are nominees to be an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, a vice chairman for the Federal Reserve, important posts at the departments of Justice and Treasury, and a slate of impressive nominees for the federal judiciary,â€ McConnell said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
In a tweet last week,Â McConnell clearly demonstratedÂ how bad Democrats’ “historic obstruction” has been using a graphic.
Historic Obstruction. @POTUS's nominees have already been subjected to more than four times as many cloture votes as the nominees of his six most recent predecessors combined in their first two years. pic.twitter.com/vIiQfg9vlB
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) August 23, 2018
“Historic Obstruction. @POTUS‘s nominees have already been subjected to more than four times as many cloture votes as the nominees of his six most recent predecessors combined in their first two years,” he wrote.
There areÂ 80 Trump judicial nominees waiting for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings (let alone a vote), and 26 more awaiting floor action.Â That’s pathetic.
â€œThere is a vacancy crisis at the district court level,â€ Thomas Jipping, deputy director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. â€œHistorically, this tactic has only been used for the most controversial nominees. Now, itâ€™s only being used to delay and gum up the works.â€
The Democrat-run Senate under then-Majority Leader Harry Reid did away with the 60-vote filibuster-proof majority rule in 2013 to speed through Obama’s Left-wing judicial activists to the federal bench for all district and appeals court nominees.
“During the 2017 confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Republican majority also eliminated the filibuster for high court nominees. So, the cloture procedure has become the delaying tactic of choice,”Â The Daily SignalÂ noted.
Democrats cannot be allowed to govern again. Ever. They are nothing but authoritarians and would use their newfound power to punish Republicans and the president because that’s who they are (and that’s what their equally unhinged supporters want them to do).