No longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama’s top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.
Can the president bypass the Senate in making temporary appointments? Gwen Ifill talks to Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal about how a local labor dispute transformed into a debate of presidential power and the Supreme Court’s first time considering the Constitution’s recess appointments clause. Continue reading
Senate Democrats used their majority to pass a rules change that makes it easier to act on most presidential judicial nominations. Now only a simple majority will be required instead of the 60 votes in the past to overcome certain filibusters. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. Continue reading
At this point in his presidency, the pace of President Obama’s judicial appointees being confirmed is behind that of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Judy Woodruff discusses the politics of confirmation with Curt Levey of the Committee for Justice and Caroline Fredrickson of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Continue reading