Common Dreams: Progressives Urge Senate Dems to Ditch Tradition That’s Allowing GOP to Veto Biden Judges

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Julia Conley


This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on February 24, 2023.

With Democrats hoping to confirm dozens more federal judges following President Joe Biden’s milestone of appointing 100 new members of the judiciary, progressives on Friday said the party has no choice but to eliminate a tradition they say has been exploited by Republicans to block the president’s nominees.

Advocacy group Alliance for Justice said Democratic leaders, particularly Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) must make a choice: They can “transform our federal courts by confirming so many more judges with a respect for the rights of all of us,” or they can allow Republicans to continue the tradition of using so-called “blue slips” to reject nominees.

The Senate “can’t do both,” said the group.

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