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Article by Bryan Howard
October 12, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is fed up with the Democrats tactics, now he is playing hard ball against them. McConnell forced Democrats hands in confirming 15 Federal Judges on Thursday.
Many Senate Democrats are in a battle for their lives in Red states and need to return home to campaign for the final few weeks remaining. Being the savvy experienced politician McConnell is he seized on this opportunity by calling for conformation votes on Federal Judges. This forced Democrats to either use their allotted of 30 hours of debate allowed for each nominee to delay, or agree to get to the vote so they can hit the campaign trail.
Democrats chose to forgo their allotted debate time and get right to the conformation votes of all the Judges on the list. McConnell and the Republicans were able to confirm 15 Federal Judges which set a historic 84 Judges confirmed by President Trump nominations.
Democrats are facing backlash from activist groups for caving to the pressure.
Chris Kang, chief counsel of Demand Justice said, “This deal was totally unnecessary and it is a bitter pill to swallow so soon after the Kavanaugh fight that so many progressive activists poured their hearts and souls into. This period will be long remembered not just for the historic number of judges Trump has been able to confirm, but also because of how passive Democrats were in response.”
According to the Daily Caller,
The nominees approved Thursday include Richard Sullivan for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, David Porter for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Ryan Nelson for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and 12 district judges for federal trial courts in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
The 2nd Circuit hears appeals arising from Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. The 3rd Circuit covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, while the 9th Circuit encompasses Alaska, the west coast and the southwest border states. Circuit courts issue final judgment in the overwhelming majority of federal cases.