The hearing, titled “Strengthening Transparency and Accountability within the Environmental Protection Agency,” was supposed to “review science and technology activities” at the EPA, according to the hearing’s charter. But Administrator McCarthy was mostly unable to get a word in edgewise.
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The group, originally called the Judicial Confirmation Network, was among the most vocal supporters of "fair" treatment of judicial nominees during the George W. Bush administration, including up-or-down majority votes for all.
The GOP currently enjoys a world where their legal heroes can reach the highest pinnacles of the federal judiciary, while similarly-situated progressives languish behind filibusters or are never nominated at all. And now Republicans risk upending that world because they want even more.
Senate Republicans signaled Thursday that they would rather keep a key federal appeals court seat empty than fill it with a moderate Obama nominee, even if it means Democrats resort to the nuclear option.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the senior-most member of the Senate, has a warning for his Republican colleagues -- either they back off their efforts to maintain Republican control over a powerful federal court, or they could lose their ability to filibuster judicial nominees forever.