With Democrats set to hold a slim majority in the Senate, Republicans fear that President Biden will be able to easily push through his judicial nominees. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has said that the majority will have a “significant” impact on the confirmation process, allowing Biden to quickly move his nominees to the bench.
In the last two years, a power-sharing agreement in the 50-50 Senate meant an equal number of Republicans and Democrats in each committee, and a tie vote on a nominee in the Judiciary Committee required a debate on the Senate floor. This requirement has forced Democrats into a slower pace on Biden’s nominees.
However, in a 51-49 Senate, Democrats will hold a majority of the seats on that committee and can much more quickly approve Biden’s judges as long as they stick together.
One conservative fears this change will erase what they consider one of former President Trump’s most significant accomplishments – confirming a whopping 231 judges during his four years in office.
“With Herschel Walker’s loss, President Biden will be able to undo President Trump’s historic transformation of the lower federal courts,” Mike Davis, former chief counsel for nominations in the Senate Judiciary Committee and president of Article III Project, told Fox News Digital.
Biden is already outpacing Trump with 87 confirmations compared to Trump’s 83 during the first two years in the White House.
The new power structure in the Senate gives Biden the same opportunity to quickly confirm judges as Trump had. JCN President Carrie Severino expressed concern that more centrist Democrats like Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema, now a registered Independent, will not raise concerns with Biden’s judicial picks.
“Senators Manchin and Sinema have yet to raise a concern with a single one of President Biden’s judicial nominees,” Severino told Fox Digital. “Over the next two years, I expect them to continue to bless Biden’s far-left judge picks, which are a payback to the liberal dark money groups that have spent over one billion dollars to help elect him and Senate Democrats,” she added.