The Latest: GOP overrides Dem objections to confirm judge
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate battle over President Donald Trump’s judicial nominee for the nation’s longest appellate court vacancy (all times local):
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The Senate has taken the rare step of confirming the nomination of a Wisconsin attorney to serve as a federal judge despite the objections of one of his home-state senators.
The Senate voted 49-46 to confirm Milwaukee attorney Michael Brennan to fill an opening on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Senate tradition gives lawmakers a chance to weigh in on a judicial nominee from their home state by submitting a form called the “blue slip.”
Democrats objected because Republicans overrode Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s decision to withhold her blue slip.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says the GOP’s decision to move forward with Brennan’s confirmation without two positive blue slips “erodes one of the few remaining customs in the Senate that forces consultation and consensus on judicial nominations.”
Senate Republicans are on the verge of filling the nation’s longest appellate court vacancy.
In the process, they are softening a tool the GOP successfully employed to block several of President Barack Obama’s nominees.
The Senate gives lawmakers a chance to weigh in on a judicial nominee from their home state by submitting a blue-colored form called the “blue slip.”
Until this year, it had been nearly three decades since the Senate confirmed a judge without two positive blue slips.
The likely confirmation of Milwaukee attorney Michael Brennan to fill an opening on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will mark the second time it has happened this year. Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin declined to return her blue slip.
Democrats are crying foul over Republicans forcing a vote.
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