Will Dems ‘blue slip’ obstruction be stopped?


This would be an excellent development: Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has signaled he might end the tradition that gives senators a de facto veto power over judicial nominees — especially if both senators from a state are from the opposite party of the President.

A looming showdown over a Senate tradition could strip senators of a de facto veto power over nominees to federal appeals courts — and give President Donald Trump less reason to consult with senators about which judges should be appointed.

The Judiciary Committee’s “blue slip” process has required senators to return a blue slip of paper before the committee schedules hearings and markups of nominees for federal judgeships from their home states. No slip, no hearing. That has made it essential for the White House to get a senator’s buy-in on a nomination.

But as Democrats oppose many of Trump’s picks for the bench, Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley has signaled he might end that tradition for federal appeals court choices if Democrats stand in the way.

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