Senate leaders strike deal on 15 judicial nominees, setting up early recess

TheHill | 10/11/2018 | Alexander Bolton
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) have struck a deal to vote on a package of 15 judges and recess the Senate until the Nov. 6 election.

All of the nominees, including three circuit court nominees, are expected to pass despite opposition from liberal groups that fought an all-out-battle to block Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh earlier this month.

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The development is welcome news for vulnerable incumbents in tough races eager to get back home to campaign.

The Senate had been scheduled to be in session until Oct. 26.

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Now most lawmakers likely won’t return to Washington until the week after the Nov. 6 election.

The deal is a bigger help to Democrats, who have more members of their conference locked in tough races, but it also helps vulnerable Republicans, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

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“I’m always happier to be in Texas,” Cruz told reporters when asked whether he would prefer to be campaigning or slowing working through judicial nominees over the next two weeks.

Liberal activists criticized Schumer Thursday afternoon for even considering the deal.

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“There is no reason Democrats should be making any deals with Mitch McConnell to make it easier to confirm more radical conservatives to the courts. Especially not after Kavanaugh,” Leah Ghostberg, the co-executive director of Indivisible, a liberal...
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