But the blue slip practice is not guaranteed, he added, saying that Grassley "will determine how to apply the blue slip courtesy for federal judicial nominees, as has always been the practice, " and would address "abuses" of the blue slip process "on a case-by-case basis".
Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the rest of GOP leadership in the Senate step down due to their failure to follow through with a conservative agenda over the past year of full Republican control of the government, Fox News' Alex Pappas reports.
Currently, a staggering 149 judicial vacancies exist, yet the Senate has only confirmed 7 of President Trump's 56 judicial nominees-nominees that are being praised across the board for their extraordinary caliber.
The Kentucky Republican told The Weekly Standard that the blue slip should be viewed "as simply [a] notification of how you're going to vote, not as an opportunity to blackball" a nominee. Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said that the senator has a tradition of using blue slips, and "expects senators and the president to continue engaging in consultation when selecting judicial nominees".
Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children's health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) said he doesn't believe a Trump pick should be blocked just because a blue slip isn't returned. Blue slips amount to giving a single senator veto power over a president's court pick.
The article's author, Fred Barnes, wrote that that means the blue slip rule now "won't be honored at all". If it sticks, it will matter for a long, long time. So far, he has, and Sen.
"This should be, and has historically been, the decision of the chair, and Chuck Grassley has been trying to be as fair as possible", said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who specializes in judicial nominations.
Still, there is considerable opportunism involved in exploiting the fullest version of blue-slip tradition when Barack Obama was president, and then abandoning it at just the right moment to let a Republican president fill all those vacancies created by GOP obstruction in the recent past.
President Donald Trump has, for his part, expressed dissatisfaction with McConnell.
The Republican drive to confirm federal judges has gained momentum from a series of actions by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In April, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Mandel was "one of nine candidates who have forged a fundraising agreement with FreedomWorks PAC, the political arm of a D.C. -based group affiliated with the tea party movement".
The expansion means, however, that Democrats will be hard-pressed to prevent any of Trump's judicial nominees from being confirmed, so long as Republicans can agree on them.
Congratulations to Leader McConnell and Chairman Chuck Grassley (who surely approved this move) for ending an anachronism of Senatorial privilege in favor of majority rule. Though President Trump has been slow to name a number of executive nominees, his White House has been sending dozens of judicial nominees to the Senate, and the Senate can't keep up.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on October 3.
When nominees "come out of committee, I guarantee they will be dealt with", he said. They seem modest but are likely to speed up the confirmation of both appeals and district court judges-conservatives, for the most part. That allowed Republicans to block more than a dozen nominees to the bench.