NUCLEAR MITCH: McConnell ‘Goes Nuclear’ to Confirm Trump’s Judicial Nominees

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went “nuclear” this week; amending federal rules to reduce “debate time” on presidential nominees and advance President Trump’s picks to join the nation’s courts and other top posts.

“The move by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) immediately paves the way to expedite confirmations of President Donald Trump’s judicial and executive branch picks and comes amid deep GOP frustration with Democrats’ delays. Future presidents will benefit, too, though McConnell and Trump stand to gain inordinately as they seek to fill 130 District Court vacancies during the 18 months before the 2020 elections,” reports Politico.

“The nuclear option — a change of the Senate rules by a simple majority — gained its name because it was seen as an explosive maneuver that would leave political fallout for some time to come,” adds the article.

Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer blasted the move Wednesday; accusing McConnell of “debasing” the Senate.

Read the full report at Politico.