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Judicial Filibuster’s History: It Wasn’t a Strong ‘Norm’ to Begin With | National Review

April 6, 2017

It turns out that we’ve only had Senators filibuster judges for the last 14 years.  Democrat Chuck Shumer started it in 2003.  Harry Reid killed the filibuster for all judges in 2013. RM

From Charles Cook in the National Review, “In 2003, when Chuck Shumer began filibustering Bush’s nominees to the lower courts — a departure that tested what was a relatively new “norm” — the GOP came close to getting rid of it. In 2013, after the GOP had successfully filibustered 5 — yes, just 5 — of Obama’s non-SCOTUS judicial picks, Senator Reid did what the Republicans had not a decade earlier and killed it stone dead (with a carve out for the Supreme Court). And now, just minutes after the first ever partisan filibuster of a SCOTUS nominee, Mitch McConnell has nixed it completely.”

Source: Judicial Filibuster’s History: It Wasn’t a Strong ‘Norm’ to Begin With | National Review

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