UPDATED 8:54 PM PT — Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is expected to use the nuclear option to bypass democrat obstruction of the president’s nominees.
The Senate rejected a resolution that would limit debate time for judicial and executive picks from 30 hours to 2 hours.
It was widely speculated Democrats would block the measure, which would speed up the confirmation process for hundreds of nominations.
The move paves the way for McConnell to use the nuclear option, after repeatedly accusing Democrats of delaying the President’s picks.
Speaking on the so-called obstruction, Speaker McConnell called it “not targeted, thoughtful opposition to a few marquee nominations or rare circumstances, but a grinding, across-the-board, effort to delay and obstruct the people this president puts up.”
Republicans only need a simple majority to adopt the new Senate rules, which McConnell is slated to vote on as soon as this week.