This resolution would change Senate rules to limit post-cloture debate for certain judicial and executive branch nominees. Debate would be limited to eight hours for mid-level executive and judicial nominees, like a circuit court judge. It would also limit post-cloture debate to two hours for nominees to district court judgeships. Nominees to the Supreme Court and Cabinet would still face the standard 30 hours of post-cloture debate.
What is Senate Bill S. Res. 355?
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In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) proposed this variation on a rule enacted by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to shorten the amount of time the Senate spends debating mid-level judicial and executive nominations. He explained his rationale on “The Hugh Hewitt Show”:
“The Senate can only do one thing at a time. So if you’ve got 30 hours of debate on a nominee that’s going to pass, because when they come out of committee, we have the votes to pass them. They will pass. If you clog it up with 30 hours of debate for that person, that means you can’t debate other tax reform, you can’t move on legislation, you can’t work on regulatory issues, you can’t work on anything else, because you’re clogged up on that one. There was a bipartisan agreement on a rule very similar to this in 2013 when Harry Reid was there, to be able to work the process through, I’m invoking that to see if we can get 60 votes on it.”
This legislation has the support of one cosponsor, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: U.S. Senate / Public Domain)
A resolution improving procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.
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Committee on Rules and AdministrationIntroducedDecember 7th, 2017
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