As control over the United States Senate hinges on a few races in Georgia and Alaska, the current Republican majority intends on using its constitutional authority to confirm more of President Donald Trump’s judicial appointments during the lame duck session.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that Trump’s nominees will likely be considered until either he or a President-Elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office on January 20, 2021.
“I think we got some district court judges that were Republican and Democrat. But, yeah, the committee will keep operating. I’ll get back with you about more details about how far to go,” Graham, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said. “We’ll see what happens with the presidential race.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made announced similar plans last week.
“We’re going to run through the tape. We go through the end of the year, and so does the president. We’re going to fill the 7th Circuit, and I’m hoping we have time to fill the 1st Circuit as well,” McConnell told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. “And we are, by the way, confirming a district judge as soon as we get back after the election, and we’re going to clean the plate, clean all the district judges off as well.”
Trump, with the aid of the Republican-led Senate, has flooded the judiciary with a record number of judges – more than 200 – many of whom young, conservative, and will serve for a lifetime.
Trump has also had the rare opportunity to add three new Justices to the Supreme Court, putting into place a 6-3 conservative majority whose rulings could have impacts on American society that last for decades to come.
Graham added, however, that his priority when the Senate reconvenes next week is to pass another economic stimulus package to boost the economy, which has been battered by the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.
Graham wants to “try to get a coronavirus stimulus package before January,” he told reporters.
“I’ve been in the camp of going big,” the Judiciary Committee Chairman said. “We need a big package, some Republicans don’t agree. We have to see how the presidential race shapes up.”
Trump too has called for a multi-trillion dollar bill, aligning himself closer to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) than with leaders of his own party.
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