With deal on judges, Senate goes home for the elections

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2018

But Senate leader Mitch McConnell says that plan would backfire.

One note - while the House and Senate will not conduct any legislative business until after the elections, but Congress is not officially in "recess" - so, President Trump will not be able to make any recess appointments.

"Kevin [Cramer] is just a great person", the president said of the Republican challenging Democrat Sen.

While numerous judges were approved with bipartisan support, nearly half were confirmed on mostly party-line votes. Democratic opponents and their allies swiftly objected to some of the nominees, in large part over views aligned with stricter abortion access. "The anti-choice GOP should be ashamed [of] their blatant conservative court-packing".

Trump didn't help by apologising to Kavanaugh and his family for their "pain and suffering", says Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post.

I have selected the Judicial Council of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to accept the transfer and to exercise the powers of a judicial council with respect to the identified complaints and any pending or new complaints relating to the same subject matter.
Bob Casey, and Mark Norris, confirmed as a district court judge for the Western district of Tennessee.

Republican Senate candidates have seen a substantial increase in enthusiasm among likely voters since Kavanaugh's confirmation. Confirmation of the 53-year-old, who could remain in office for decades, represents the fulfilment of a "long-cherished Republican dream... to remake the Supreme Court in a conservative mould".

Among the handful of senators who missed the day's votes were Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida, who face tough re-election races, and Florida Republican Marco Rubio.

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