FOX: For years, senators have been able to effectively block judicial nominees from their home states through what’s known as the “blue slip” process.
But on Thursday — amid Republican frustration over many of President Trump’s nominees being blocked — Senate Republicans decided to override one such objection from a Democratic senator and confirm the nominee anyway.
Milwaukee attorney Michael Brennan was confirmed to fill an opening on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin had stalled Brennan’s nomination.
The seat has been open for more than eight years, the longest for the nation’s appellate courts.
Until this year, it had been nearly three decades since the Senate confirmed a judge without two positive blue slips. Brennan’s confirmation marked the second time it has happened this year. read more