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McConnell: No More Judges For You, President Obama!

Because the Senate Majority Leader is proving he can lead!
McConnell: No More Judges For You, President Obama!
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Pissy Mitch is having a hissy. Hiss, Mitchy, hiss! Today's evidence of Mitchy's pissiness comes in the form of judicial confirmations; specifically, any judges President Obama appoints to the bench.

Huffington Post:

In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, McConnell was asked about judicial confirmations.

"So far, the only judges we’ve confirmed have been federal district judges that have been signed off on by Republican senators,” McConnell said. Asked if he expects that to be the case through 2016, McConnell said, "I think that's highly likely, yeah."

If McConnell is serious, that means at least two GOP-backed circuit court nominees are toast.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has scheduled a hearing next week for Luis Felipe Restrepo, a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. Restrepo has the support of both of his home-state senators, including Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.).

Kara Stoll, meanwhile, a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, was voted out of the Judiciary Committee in April with no opposition, and is currently waiting for her confirmation vote in the full Senate.

Beyond them, there are an additional seven circuit court vacancies around the country that don't yet have nominees. If McConnell's vow is true, none of those seats will get filled, either.

So much for demonstrating he can get things done.

[h/t Daily Kos]


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