Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday moved one step closer to changing the Senate rules to speed up the confirmation of most of President Donald Trump’s nominees.
The procedural move inches McConnell closer to using the nuclear option.
The Senate resolution, approved by the Senate Rules Committee in February, would limit the debate time for executive branch nominees and District Court judges but would not apply to Cabinet or Supreme Court nominees. Republicans say the rules change is necessary to staff up the Trump administration’s agencies and prevent further delays from Democrats.
In a speech on the Senate floor, McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted Democrats for “unprecedented obstruction” when it comes to noncontroversial nominees and said the resolution is a way “to restore the Senate’s tradition in this area.”
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