After a full year since his historic victory, President Donald Trump continues to win big for the United States. News has just come out of two major changes that will complete his plans come even faster — all thanks to two senators.
One of the most important roles that President Trump has is in selecting federal judges. We all know of his huge win earlier this year in selecting conservative Neil Gorsuch as the replacement to Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court, but there are many more seats Trump needs to fill at every level, which means more opportunities for him to install uncompromising Constitutionalists into these positions. Keep in mind, judges hold their seats for a long time.
In order to appoint these judges, he has to get approval from Congress. That’s where he faces his toughest challenge. While he does have support from numerous senators and representatives, Democrats try to frustrate his plans. They use outdated and pathetic loopholes to hold up his plans to make American great again.
However, it looks like two senators helped eliminate age-old rules that would have stopped Trump from installing his people into these judge seats.
That brings us first to naming the Republican gift giver: Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa. The longtime member of Congress has big time clout as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. And Grassley has just used that clout to eliminate one of the final hurdles in the already furious pace of Trump administration judicial appointments to the federal bench.
Late last week, Grassley decided not to honor a Senate tradition of holding up hearings for judicial nominees who aren’t cleared by their own home state senators…Grassley correctly noted that Democrats were now trying to use the blue slips tradition to replace the filibuster, and he’s having none of that. [Source: CNBC]
The “blue slip courtesy” was a rule that allowed home state Senators to virtually control the hearings for judicial nominees. It would have been easily exploited by Democrats, who want to find new ways of obstructing Trump’s plans, but thanks to Grassley’s move, Democrats from the same state as Trump’s picks can’t hold up the process. Win.
And that brings us to the Democrat who provided the initial generous source of President Trump’s solid triumph: Former Senate Majority Leader, and Democrat, Harry Reid. Reid is a major reason this good fortune has befallen President Trump because Reid was the one who killed the filibuster rule for judicial nominees in 2013. And when he killed it, it was gone for good.
Republicans were powerless to stop a series of President Obama’s judicial nominees after that. That is, until they won control of the Senate in the 2014 elections. [Source: CNBC]
Filibustering is the ridiculous way congressmen prevent votes. As long as they could talk for the entire length of a session, they had the floor. It is such a pathetic thing to do, but as far as judicial hearings are concerned, it’s long gone.
Reid eliminated the rule back in 2013 when Barack Obama was President. Like most Democrats, he thought the measure would make it easier for the then President to push through his liberal picks. It never occurred to Reid that a Republican would become President soon after. That’s a pretty common problem with liberals. They never think ahead.
The even better news? President Trump will appoint more judges than Obama. Judges who will hold their seats for their entire lives. These judges will be in power long after Trump leaves the White House. Which is why it is so important that we have Trump making the picks and not Hillary Clinton.
That long period of confirmation obstruction has given President Trump a huge number of seats to fill; twice as many as President Obama’s also large number of vacancies when he took office in 2009. The Christian Science Monitor reports this is likely the most vacancies for a president to fill in 40 years. And the Trump team hasn’t been wasting much time. [Source: CNBC]
This might be Trump’s most important and longest-lasting legacy. These federal judges will be upholding the Constitution as it was written. They will not be radical progressives, who seek to reinvent our values, traditions, and beliefs. They will protect our laws and Bill of Rights. And, that makes the liberals oh so furious.