The Latest Senate Development You Won’t Want to Miss, Shocking

A number of Republican senators have joined with their Democratic colleagues to advance President Joe Biden’s nominees for lifetime appointments to federal courts, despite the absence of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

The Senate Judiciary Committee discharged seven nominees from President Biden on April 20, with at least one Republican senator joining all remaining Democrats on the panel to move the nominations forward.

The seven nominees receiving assistance from GOP senators include Jeffrey Cummings, LaShonda Hunt, Orelia Merchant, Michael Farbiarz, Robert Kirsch, Monica Almadani, and Wesley Hsu. Despite Republicans holding a minority presence in the Judiciary panel, they still have a say in the nomination process.

The absence of Senator Feinstein, who requested to be temporarily replaced due to her battle with shingles, led to Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blocking her bid.

However, Graham has still helped Democrats advance several of Biden’s nominees. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently stated that he would support nominees who are “mainstream and qualified.”

However, he added that Democrats are unable to push through a “small fraction of their nominees who are so extreme and so unqualified that they cannot win a single Republican vote in committee” due to Feinstein’s absence.