Actual headline from Legal Insurrection:
Senate Judiciary Committee holds nominee hearings during recess, and Dems are pissed
For all the Democrat complaining, no one is stopping them from attending and asking questions. [CtH: See my extra info below.]
So Senate recess was a time for Republicans to halt the judicial confirmation train from rollin’ down the tracks?
Before you can get to a floor vote, you need a Committee vote. And before you can get a Committee vote, you need a Committee hearing.
So, the Senate Judiciary Committee has continued to hold hearings on nominees, lining up more Committee votes for just after the midterms.
Nina Totenberg at NRP writes, Trump, Republicans Continue Remaking The Federal Courts — Even As Senate On Recess:
… And now, for the first time, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding confirmation hearings during a Senate recess, over the objections of the minority party.
CtH: Since the recess is campaign season, I was curious who on the Senate Judiciary Committee might be impacted by these meetings. It turns out that only ONE of the members who is up for re-election is considered an “at risk” candidate. And he’s a Republican. All of the four Democrats running are in races that are “considered safe for the incumbent.” IOW, they could go to the meetings if they wanted to do so.
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
[BOLD = Incumbents running for re-election, RED = Considered unsafe for incumbent. GREEN: Considered safe for incumbent.]:
REPUBLICANS: Senator Chuck Grassley R-IA; Senator Orrin G. Hatch R-UT; Senator Lindsey Graham R-SC; Senator John Cornyn R-TX; Senator Michael S. Lee R-UT; Senator Ted Cruz R-TX; Senator Ben Sasse R-NE; Senator Jeff Flake R-AZ; Senator Mike Crapo R-ID; Senator Thom Tillis R-NC; Senator John Kennedy R-LA.
DEMOCRATS: Senator Dianne Feinstein D-CA; Senator Patrick Leahy D-VT; Senator Dick Durbin D-IL; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse D-RI; Senator Amy Klobuchar D-MN; Senator Christopher A. Coons D-DE; Senator Richard Blumenthal D-CT; Senator Mazie Hirono D-HI; Senator Cory Booker D-NJ; Senator Kamala Harris D-CA.