We will be seeing Democrat attempts to delay the Senate hearings. Can they be bypassed completely? See this article about Schumer’s threat to invoke the “2-hour rule”.
The move was intended to retaliate against Republicans, who have agreed to vote on confirming President Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by.
Under the rule, no Senate committee or subcommittee can meet after the Senate has been in session for two hours or after 2 p.m. The move threatened to delay a briefing on national security and a confirmation hearing for Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.
Rush Limbaugh has urged Senate Republicans to skip the confirmation hearing process and head straight to a floor vote.
“I want the Judiciary Committee – that could be great if it were skipped,” Limbaugh said Monday on his daily radio program. “We don’t need to open that up for whatever length of time, so that whoever this nominee is can be Kavanaugh’d, or Borked, or Thomas’d. Because that’s what it’s going to be, especially when it’s not even required.”
President Trump is urging a vote before the November 3 Presidential election.
It is crucial to have nine justices on the Supreme Court because of election-related legislation that is and will be coming before the court. Why? Because a tie of 4-4 on any decision means that the lower court decision stands. In the case of cases like the one in Pennsylvania, it means that the vote counting will continue for days, and no postmark requirement on ballots.
Remember the 2000 election/Florida recount was finally ruled on in the Supreme Court. Something like that could happen again this year.