Republicans Can Still Block Obama Nominees

The ‘nuclear option’ did not completely obliterate Senate Republicans’ ability to block judicial nominations, reports The New York Times.

“It left unchanged the Senate’s “blue slip” custom, which allows senators to block nominees to judgeships associated with their states.”

And that’s a potential problem as “all but one [of the 12 vacant appeals court seats] are in states with at least one Republican senator.”

White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler: “It is hard to overstate the change’s importance for the D.C. Circuit, which has a disproportionate impact on the world, but it won’t have overwhelming impact elsewhere … The blue slip rule for judges has been more problematic than the filibuster, in part because it is a silent, unaccountable veto.”

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