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  • Op-ed published in The Hill

Grassley shouldn't allow Senate Democrats to block judicial nominees

Op-ed by Christina Pesavento, legal affairs fellow at the Committee for Justice, published in The Hill.

With judicial confirmation battles heating up and Republicans in control of both the White House and the Senate, Democrats are grasping for a way to stall the president’s nominees to the federal courts. Depending on how far Senate Democrats go, Republicans have several options for pushing back.

Now that the judicial filibuster has been abolished, the Democratic minority in the Senate is taking advantage of one of the only tools they have left: an arcane but long-established Senate tradition known as the “blue-slip rule.” If abused by Senate Democrats, the blue-slip rule could enable them to grind the nomination process to a halt.

However, it is unlikely that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will let them.