Senate Democrats have taken the simple process of a yes-no vote to confirm President Trump’s judicial nominations and by way of debate rules turned them into a kind of retaliatory weapon to obstruct anything he says or recommends and to punish (or so it seems)  those who have put their lives on hold while they wait for the Senate to approve their nomination. It appears that there may be a bit more unity developing among the Republicans, however, since as time goes on, more and more of the more moderate (read, left-leaning) Republican members are getting to see up close how deranged their Democrat colleagues have become in their determination to stand in the president’s way, come hell or high water. They are about to initiate a change in the rules they follow that decrees the number of hours required for nomination confirmations.

From Breitbart:

WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Republicans are preparing to reinterpret Senate Rules in coming weeks to reduce the number of hours required to confirm presidential nominations, responding to Democrats’ unprecedented obstruction of President Trump’s nominees for both the judiciary and the Executive Branch.
Under Senate Rule XXII, debate on any matter can continue indefinitely. This is called a filibuster, when senators are deliberately continuing debate for the purpose of preventing a vote – unless three-fifths of senators (60) vote to break the filibuster by invoking cloture. Once cloture is invoked, further debate is limited to 30 additional hours, then a final vote must take place.

Rule XXII is designed to force debate on legislation. Historically it has generally not been used on presidential nominations. You can amend legislation, but a nomination is a simple yes-or-no proposition.

Article II of the Constitution specifies that all federal judges require Senate confirmation, as do senior positions in the administration. Currently, 1,200 positions out of 4,100 political appointments in a presidential administration are “principal officers” that are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Theoretically, the Senate could use its confirmation power to keep seats on the federal judiciary – including even the Supreme Court – open indefinitely. Senators could also employ it to hamstring a presidential administration by denying a vote to presidential nominees for key positions in the government.

In fact, that is what Senate Democrats are doing now. Judges are being slow-walked, with more cloture votes being required in two years for President Trump’s picks than all the judicial nominations of every previous president combined since the filibuster was created in the late 1800s. Similarly, hundreds of the 1,200 Senate-confirmed positions in the Trump administration are still vacant.

Various GOP senators are giving different timeframes for when the vote on reinterpreting the 30-hour rule will occur, with some saying “this month” and others referring to “weeks.” The vote does not appear imminent in light of certain vote priorities the Senate majority already have planned, but it looks increasingly likely that it will happen sometime in April.

Source: Breitbart News

I’m sure that many of you, like me, think it’s way past time that they got back in the game and stopped making everything about political maneuvering for the sake of maintaining a grip on power or denying the president any of his vision for the needs of the country. So many of the elected politicians have become so entrenched in protecting their power and influence that it has come at the expense of those they are supposed to be representing, and I think the voters are beyond tired of it.

In the past, I have called them our “leaders,” but I saw someone’s comment one day that pointed out how they are supposed to be our “representatives” in Congress, not our “leaders,” so I am changing my terminology on that. Yes, they are supposed to take the initiative to get things moving, but it’s to reflect the will of those they represent, not their wishes for a fatter paycheck or a one-world government. I just compare it to the use of the words Democratic party vs. them being the Democrat party. It’s a slight twist of vocabulary that makes a large difference in the real world of the term’s application.

 


 

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