Will the Senate Give the Blue Slip the Slip?


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It is not yet clear whether the blue slip is headed for the dustbin of history. If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gets his way, senators will no longer be able to block a judicial nominee from their state by refusing to return their blue slip to the Judiciary Committee. But the Committee's chairman, Chuck Grassley, reminds us that it's ultimately his decision, and he is reluctant to do away with the blue slip entirely.


Keep in mind that Grassley is not limited to the binary choice of ending the blue slip policy or keeping it in full force. As CFJ legal affairs fellow Christina Pesavento explained in an