UPDATED 8:05 AM PT – Thur. January 3, 2019
Senate Republicans agree to hold off on confirming any more federal judges, in exchange for Democrat support on dozens of other nominations.
The deal struck between Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, allowed the upper chamber to clear 77 nominees by voice vote on Wednesday night.
McConnell said he’s glad the president can start the new year with more of his “rightful team” in place, including a number of ambassadors and U.S. attorneys.
The Senate majority leader had hoped to confirm at least a dozen federal judges by the end of 2018, but the move was blocked by Democrats.
Those nominations remain under review by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
….Senator Schumer, more than a year longer than any other Administration in history. These are people who have been approved by committees and all others, yet Schumer continues to hold them back from serving their Country! Very Unfair!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2018