Senate GOP seeks to change rules for Trump picks

ㅤPictured: Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

ㅤ”Republicans are mulling changing the Senate’s rules to speed up consideration of President Trump’s nominees.
ㅤGOP senators want to cut down the amount of debate time needed to confirm hundreds of the President’s picks, arguing Democrats are using the Senate’s rulebook to stonewall and slow-walk nominees and the GOP agenda.
ㅤRepublicans have been privately discussing the potential changes for months, but support for the move appears to be growing amid mounting frustration about the pace of nomination votes.
ㅤ’It merely shortens what is currently an unreasonably long process,’ said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.
ㅤThe panel held its first hearing of the year before the holidays to discuss the measure from GOP Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.).
ㅤThe freshman senator wants to limit the amount of debate time on nominations after they’ve already cleared a procedural hurdle and shown they have enough support to pass.
ㅤUnder Lankford’s resolution, post-cloture debate for non-Cabinet nominees would shrink from 30 hours down to eight hours. For district court nominees—whose decisions can be overturned by federal circuit courts or the Supreme Court—debate would be limited to two hours.”

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