Created: Tuesday, October 24, 2017:9:08 AM
President Trump was elected to carry out the agenda of Americans. Appointing constitutionally conservative judges is a significant part of this agenda, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is allowing Democrats to obstruct the judicial nomination process.
Did you know President Donald Trump has made 57 judicial nominations, but so far only 7 judges have been confirmed by the Senate? This leaves 50 of President Trump's judicial nominees waiting to be cleared by either the Senate Judiciary Committee or to be voted on by the full Senate.
So far only 10 of the 50 pending nominees are up for a full Senate vote, but Senate Democrats are demanding there be 30 hours of debate on each nominee.
Sen. McConnell said, "If this (30-hour debate) continues, it will take us more than 11 years to confirm the remaining presidential appointments....The level of obstruction exhibited by Senate Democrats on these nominees is simply breathtaking....And our colleagues (Democrats) need to stop this immediately - for the sake of our country."
Sen. Majority Leader McConnell blames Senate Democrats for the problem but refuses to employ the solution which is to waive the 30-hour debate rule. Sen. McConnell could lower the set amount of time to debate each nominee, but he remains entrenched in allowing Senate Democrats to thwart the nomination of President Trump's judges.
Conservatives should demand the Senate Republican majority to waive the 30-hour debate rule and end the filibuster.
Waive the 30-hour debate rule
Sen. McConnell needs to consider Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-WI) solution to the Democratic obstruction. Sen. Johnson has proposed to use the precedent established by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) in 2013 to end the 30-hour debate rule by a simple majority vote.
As reported in The Hill, Sen. Johnson said: "Change the rules of the Senate to limit debate on sub-Cabinet and lower-court nominees to two hours on the Senate floor. Use Senate committees to vet nominees and report on them to the full Senate, where leadership can assign appropriate members to make the case for or against a nominee in the allotted two hours. Then vote."
The Republican Senate majority have within their reach the legitimate use of power to put an end to this Democratic obstruction. Yet these Republicans have refused to lift a finger to end this madness.
End Democratic Filibuster
The U.S. Senate has a 52 Republican majority that could get a conservative agenda through the Senate if they ended the Democratic filibuster, but 29 of these Republican senators, along with 32 Democrats, have declared their support for Sen. McConnell to keep the filibuster.
Democrats are killing conservative legislation using the filibuster, and ending the filibuster requires 60 votes. Unless Sen. McConnell leads the Senate Republican majority to waive the filibuster rule and change to majority vote, then it's impossible to end the Democratic obstruction. There's little chance Democrats will advance a conservative agenda.
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) was correct when he said Democrats have "changed the game" when they did away with the filibuster to confirm President Obama's federal judges. Sen. Shelby also correctly noted that the filibuster is "not the law. It's not the statute. It's not the Constitution." Also, Republicans changed Senate precedent to approve Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Other Senators opposing Sen. McConnell on the filibuster are: Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). There are also 19 other Republican Senators who have refused to go on record to keep the filibuster. On the House side, U.S. Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) recently said, "It is time for America to abolish the 60-vote Senate rule" to end the filibuster and vote by simple majority.
Unless Sen. McConnell and other Republicans waive Senate rules to establish a new precedent to end the Democratic obstruction and confirm President Trump's judicial nominees, defund sanctuary cities, defund Planned Parenthood, and pass Kate's Law, etc., then the net effect will be a continuation of the Obama Administration under a Republican majority in the House and Senate.