TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 17, 2016

The New York Times asserts that the recent death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia highlights the Republican-led Senate’s refusal to sign off on judicial nominees for vacancies on 12 regional federal courts of appeals. Traditionally, Senate members sign off on nominees in their home states prior to nomination by the president. The author says the move is “payback” for a 2013 decision by Democrats to alter Senate rules and eliminate the ability of lawmakers in the minority to block confirmation votes with a filibuster.