WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are preparing to detonate a mini-nuke.
Angry over Democratic delaying tactics that have slowed the conveyor belt of Trump administration nominees plodding toward confirmation, the Senate majority is preparing to strong-arm a rules change that would reduce required debate time on judicial and executive branch appointees to two hours from as many as 30.
It would be the third time in six years that one party has used a procedural tactic, called the “nuclear option,” to rewrite the Senate rule book rather than do it the old-fashioned way by assembling a bipartisan consensus. The change might not be as drastic as the 2013 Democratic decision to abolish the 60-vote filibuster on most nominees or the 2017 decision by Republicans to extend that 51-vote confirmation threshold to the Supreme Court.
But Democrats say the consequences will still be significant, accelerating the nominating process for 80 percent of administration appointees, limiting the vetting of nominees and keeping the confirmation conveyor belt humming.
“They want to ram more nominees through,” Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the senior Democrat on the Rules Committee, said about the proposal to cut debate time.
President Trump has made his preferences clear.
“Democrats in the Senate are still slow walking hundreds of highly qualified people wanting to come into government,” he complained last weekend on Twitter. “Never been such an abuse in our country’s history. Mitch should not let Senate go home until all are approved.” (The Senate had already left for 10 days.)
Of course Democrats would contest the president’s historical analysis, given the yearlong Republican blockade of Merrick B. Garland, President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.
But Republicans say Democrats are stalling noncontroversial nominees to simultaneously hamstring the Trump administration and force Republicans to waste sparse Senate floor time, and they are fed up.
“Presidents deserve to have their teams in place — it is that simple,” Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri and chairman of the Rules Committee, told the panel last week. “It applies to whatever party occupies the White House.”
He and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, sought to persuade Ms. Klobuchar to go along by arguing that as a recently announced Democratic presidential candidate, her administration would benefit from the expedited process should she win.
“That’s going to really help me with my base,” Ms. Klobuchar retorted sarcastically about the Republican encouragement.
With hundreds of Trump appointees awaiting action, some for more than a year, Republicans say they can no longer tolerate Democrats forcing them to stretch out floor consideration as long as possible, eating up multiple days to confirm a single person. Republicans have had to vote to cut off debate on nominees — essentially end a filibuster — more than 120 times in Mr. Trump’s first two years, only to see many of the nominees then easily approved.
Under the proposal by Mr. Blunt and Senator James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, the current requirement for another 30 hours of debate on a nominee after the first vote would be cut to two hours on sub-cabinet-level posts and Federal District Court judges, allowing those to proceed much faster.
“I just don’t think it is fair in any way to continue the practice we have seen on full display here,” Mr. McConnell said. “It is time for the Senate to change the practice before it becomes so pervasive that the genie never gets back in the bottle.”
Democrats have multiple problems with the proposal, and one of them is named Garland. Democrats remain outraged by what they see as a stolen Supreme Court seat and say it was Mr. McConnell himself who pioneered the tactics they have adopted.
“It has created some hard feelings because it was consciously done in the hopes that your party would win the next presidential election, and you did,” Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, told Mr. McConnell. “When we talk about records of obstruction, I think that record has been broken at the highest level.”
At the same time, Democrats say the delays cannot be all that serious since Mr. McConnell and the president have regularly trumpeted the record number of judges they have installed in the first years of the administration. Ms. Klobuchar noted that Mr. Trump had 53 district court judges confirmed compared with 15 for Mr. Obama in that period, and that Mr. Trump also won the confirmation of 30 appellate court judges by the midpoint of his tenure — the most ever.
“These facts tell us that it is unnecessary to change the rules of the Senate right now,” said Ms. Klobuchar, who noted that two judicial nominees had to withdraw last year after new objections surfaced as the 30-hour clock was running.
Mr. McConnell acknowledged that he has placed a priority on judges. Another 40 are in the pipeline right now, 34 of whom would be covered under the new rules. But the focus on judges and their lifetime appointments has meant that the lower-level executive branch nominees — what Mr. McConnell called “assistant secretaries of this, that and the other” — have stalled, leaving the executive branch resembling Swiss cheese, shot through with vacancies.
“We end up with an executive filled with acting nominees who have no accountability to us,” said Senator Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who has worked on resolving nomination struggles in a bipartisan way in the past. “This has to change.”
The two parties worked out a temporary agreement on limiting debate in 2013, but that predated the severe escalation in nomination partisanship.
Republicans say they remain open to Democratic ideas on how to tweak the proposal to attract bipartisan support. Depending on how Republicans move ahead, the change could be enacted with either 60 or 67 votes — both of which would require significant Democratic involvement. That would prevent another nuclear detonation.
But Republicans are making it very clear that if Democrats do not go along, they will soon jam the change through on the Senate floor with a simple majority, using an arcane parliamentary maneuver that Democrats employed in 2013 and Republicans followed in 2017.
In 2013, Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who fought the change before retiring, said allowing a Senate majority to change the rules at will would mean there were no rules.
It’s beginning to look as if he was right.B:
解112期藏宝图【等】【等】，【在】【这】【里】【撞】【到】【了】【与】【叔】【叔】【一】【样】【坚】【硬】【的】【胸】【膛】，【是】【不】【是】【她】【的】【叔】【叔】【回】【来】【了】？ 【林】【默】【儿】【惊】【喜】【地】【抬】【起】【头】，【谁】【知】【印】【入】【眼】【帘】【的】【是】【一】【张】【完】【全】【陌】【生】【的】【脸】，【看】【样】【子】，【对】【方】【是】【个】【二】【十】【出】【头】【的】【年】【轻】【男】【子】。 【林】【默】【儿】【还】【没】【有】【完】【全】【打】【开】【的】【笑】【容】【慢】【慢】【地】【隐】【去】，【取】【而】【代】【之】【的】【是】【莫】【名】【升】【起】【的】【怒】【火】，【陌】【生】【人】【竟】【然】【闯】【入】【了】【她】【缅】【怀】【叔】【叔】【的】【地】【方】。 “【你】【是】【谁】，
【新】【书】《【我】【的】【体】【内】【有】【一】【个】【大】【帝】》【已】【在】【十】【月】【十】【日】【开】【始】【连】【载】！ 【新】【书】【简】【介】： 【末】【日】【降】【临】，【灵】【气】【复】【苏】，【江】【辰】【觉】【醒】【了】【玄】【幻】【世】【界】【大】【帝】【的】【记】【忆】。 【火】【焰】【异】【能】、【念】【力】【异】【能】、【操】【控】【金】【属】、【掌】【控】【雷】【霆】、【掌】【控】【风】【暴】、【鹰】【眼】…… 【我】【统】【统】【没】【有】，【我】【只】【有】【一】【柄】【剑】，【能】【斩】【天】【断】【地】，【一】【剑】【光】【寒】【十】【九】【洲】！ 【天】【地】【不】【仁】，【我】【以】【万】【物】【为】【刍】【狗】，【这】【是】【一】【个】
【章】【肖】【潇】【和】【陈】【岚】【来】【到】【机】【场】【的】【时】【候】，【靳】【非】【谨】【准】【备】【的】【私】【人】【飞】【机】【早】【就】【停】【在】【了】【起】【飞】【坪】。 【两】【人】【二】【话】【没】【说】，【直】【接】【提】【着】【东】【西】【上】【了】【飞】【机】。 “【章】【小】【姐】，【我】【们】【是】【靳】【先】【生】【派】【来】【协】【助】【你】【的】，【我】【叫】【北】【明】，【我】【身】【边】【这】【位】【叫】【北】【安】。”【低】【沉】【的】【男】【声】【在】【章】【肖】【潇】【耳】【边】【响】【起】，【这】【是】【靳】【非】【谨】【从】【关】【家】【借】【来】【协】【助】【章】【肖】【潇】【找】【回】【靳】【非】【言】【的】【人】。 【章】【肖】【潇】【抬】【眼】【望】【去】，【两】【人】
“【皇】【上】！【您】【年】【幼】，【可】【别】【被】【此】【人】【给】【蒙】【蔽】【了】【啊】！【顾】【寺】【卿】【狼】【子】【野】【心】，【他】【早】【开】【始】【觊】【觎】【皇】【位】【了】，【之】【前】【他】【便】【与】【恭】【王】【和】【靖】【王】【交】【往】【过】【密】，【若】【不】【是】【因】【为】【这】【二】【人】【实】【在】【太】【过】【精】【明】，【说】【不】【得】【顾】【寺】【卿】【当】【时】【就】【投】【靠】【他】【们】【二】【人】【门】【下】【了】。【如】【今】【皇】【上】【毒】【发】【身】【亡】，【此】【人】【便】【更】【难】【对】【付】【了】。” 【郎】【平】【大】【急】，【他】【是】**【晔】【的】【外】【祖】【父】，【相】【比】【起】【顾】【诚】【玉】，【自】【然】【是】【他】【们】【二】【人】【的】解112期藏宝图“【臭】【小】【子】，【你】【是】【否】【有】【怪】【过】【我】，【不】【该】【如】【此】【固】【执】？” 【慕】【凌】【锋】【听】【闻】【皇】【儒】【无】【上】【之】【言】，【心】【中】【一】【愣】，【因】【为】【为】【了】【防】【止】【慕】【凌】【锋】【回】【忆】【起】【伤】【心】【事】，【皇】【儒】【无】【上】【从】【来】【不】【会】【提】【起】【制】【天】【命】、【夏】【戡】【玄】【以】【及】【【神】【儒】【玄】【章】】，【慕】【凌】【锋】【不】【明】【白】，【为】【何】【皇】【儒】【无】【上】【会】【在】【今】【日】【提】【起】【过】【世】【许】【久】【之】【人】【的】【名】【字】。 “【不】【曾】，【当】【年】【我】【之】【修】【为】【高】【于】【我】【阿】【姐】，【已】【有】【先】【天】【顶】【峰】【的】【修】
【按】【郑】【禾】【原】【本】【的】【计】【划】【跟】【在】【郭】【北】【县】【操】【作】【一】【样】，【收】【服】【一】【些】【人】【来】【给】【自】【己】【打】【杂】。 【但】【在】【经】【过】【这】【三】【座】【城】【池】【后】，【他】【也】【见】【识】【了】【不】【少】【本】【地】【的】【一】【些】【手】【段】，【为】【他】【提】【供】【了】【一】【个】【完】【美】【的】【思】【路】。 【金】【陵】【郡】【是】【南】【方】【最】【大】【的】【一】【座】【城】【池】，【巅】【峰】【时】【期】【这】【是】【一】【座】【容】【纳】【将】【近】【五】【十】【万】【之】【巨】【的】【超】【级】【城】【池】。 【可】【如】【今】【因】【为】【连】【年】【征】【战】，【青】【壮】【年】【都】【被】【抓】【取】【充】【兵】，【城】【里】【老】【弱】【病】
【英】【国】【公】【的】【岳】【父】【考】【了】【半】【辈】【子】【都】【没】【考】【中】【秀】【才】，【科】【举】【功】【名】【一】【直】【是】【他】【的】【心】【愿】。 【而】【他】【留】【下】【的】【两】【子】【一】【女】【比】【他】【还】【不】【如】，【他】【们】【生】【下】【的】【儿】【女】【们】【更】【应】【了】【一】【代】【不】【如】【一】【代】。 【原】【本】【英】【国】【公】【夫】【人】【都】【绝】【望】【了】，【顾】【熙】【横】【空】【出】【世】，【当】【年】【的】【探】【花】【郎】，【被】【赞】【为】【有】【风】【骨】【的】【名】【士】，【再】【加】【上】【错】【抱】【的】【愧】【疚】，【英】【国】【公】【夫】【人】【满】【腔】【的】【热】【情】【都】【倾】【注】【在】【顾】【熙】【身】【上】。 “【快】【跪】【下】