Senate Rules Axed To Speed Judicial, Administration Picks

Law360, Washington (April 3, 2019, 8:52 PM EDT) -- Senate Republicans voted to ax the chamber’s nominee debate rules Wednesday, potentially opening the floodgates for dozens of President Donald Trump’s trial judge and lower-level administrative nominees to be confirmed.

Frustrated by Democrats’ efforts to slow confirmations, Republicans used the nominations of Podhurst Orseck PA partner Roy K. Altman to a Florida judicial seat and WilmerHale partner Jeffrey Kessler to a Commerce Department post to reduce the time the chamber spends on nominees. Over the objections of the minority who claim it will further cut them out of the process, GOP senators argued that the change will allow Trump to staff...

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