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Over 100 National Leaders Send Message to McConnell: Confirm Trump Nominees 'Now'

12 October 2017

Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said that the senator has a tradition of using blue slips, and "expects senators and the president to continue engaging in consultation when selecting judicial nominees". This, McConnell said, "is another reason to more quickly". Former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, Secretary Ken Blackwell, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, First Liberty Institute CEO Kelly Shackelford, Club for Growth President David McIntosh, Citizens United President David Bossie, Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin, Liberty Consulting President Ginni Thomas, CNP Action Chairman Bill Walton, and Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance are just 10 of the 112 conservative leaders telling the U.S. Senate that the tens of millions of Americans these luminaries represent have run out of patience and are, in a memo obtained by Breitbart News, demanding immediate action.

"If Mitch McConnell does not step down, we foresee a scorched earth disaster from a furious Republican base that will take it out on elected officials in 2018 and again in 2020", Bozell said. "The chairman of the Judiciary Committee will determine how to apply the blue-slip courtesy for federal judicial nominees, as has always been the practice", a Grassley spokesman said, pointedly, on Wednesday.

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McConnell also said he will make confirmation of judicial nominees a priority.

The Kentucky Republican told The Weekly Standard that going forward, the lack of notice will be seen, "as simply notification of how you're going to vote, not as an opportunity to blackball". But she added: "Getting rid of the "blue slip" - it was time to do that a few months ago". Grassley has been a longtime supporter of blue slips.

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Still, there is considerable opportunism involved in exploiting the fullest version of blue-slip tradition when Barack Obama was president, and then abandoning it at just the right moment to let a Republican president fill all those vacancies created by GOP obstruction in the recent past. All three are running for seats that are either open or are held by Democrats seeking reelection. He is in the process of setting up a series of primary challenges for GOP lawmakers as part of a broader war with the party's establishment. "Our "Great America" slate, which will expand in the coming weeks, is entirely about delivering results", Eric Beach, the co-chair of the Alliance, said in a release accompanying the endorsements.

The victor of the OH primary will run against incumbent Sen. "They are wrong and we can not overstate the frustration and growing concern with the Republican Senate leadership for its failure during this entire year to do its work". Trump has blamed him for the failure and voiced his disappointment publicly. "We urge the Senate to take its role seriously, and act with haste to confirm the individuals that President Trump has selected to assist him in carrying out his mandate". And Grassley has argued that the Senate should stay in session longer - including skipping the current week-long break - to get more work done. Though the extent to which Bannon will be coordinating his efforts with the activists who spoke Wednesday is not clear. Dems plead for nursing home residents" right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks "fake' news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) said. The others who joined him did not specify how extensively they planned to collaborate with him.

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Over 100 National Leaders Send Message to McConnell: Confirm Trump Nominees 'Now'