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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is using Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's own words against him in a looming confirmation fight, sending the Kentucky Republican his own 2009 letter outlining nomination requirements.

Schumer said he sent McConnell the exact letter McConnell sent to then-Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in February 2009 about President Obama's nominees.

"In 2009, then-Minority Leader McConnell sent then-Majority Leader Reid a letter laying out his list of pre-requisites for time agreements on the floor for President Obama’s nominees," he said from the Senate floor. "They are almost exactly what Democrats have requested."

McConnell sent the letter after many Obama nominees, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had already been confirmed. The senator's staff argued on Twitter Monday that the letter was aimed at lower-level nominations.

Schumer also tweeted out an edited copy of his letter on Monday, which shows him marking out McConnell's signature and writing in his own.
Our requests are eminently reasonable, shared by leaders of both parties. I'll return this letter to @SenateMajLdr with the same requests. pic.twitter.com/IMT7ZtJFjV

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 9, 2017
McConnell's 2009 requirements include an ethics agreement letter and financial disclosures being submitted to a Senate committee before a hearing.

Schumer's move comes as the Senate is expected to have confirmation hearings for nine of President-elect Donald Trump's nominees this week.

Democrats have blasted the schedule, arguing Republicans are rushing to confirm Trump's nominees without proper vetting.
Schumer sends McConnell back his own 2009 letter on nominations | TheHill

Republican and Democrat politicians keep interchanging the same arguments as they interchange majority / minority roles.

One would almost think they were acting the same...
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"In 2009, then-Minority Leader McConnell sent then-Majority Leader Reid a letter laying out his list of pre-requisites for time agreements on the floor for President Obama’s nominees," he said from the Senate floor. "They are almost exactly what Democrats have requested."
I need more info...

How did the Democrats RESPOND to the 2009 McConnell letter?...Did they say "OK...That's fair!"?, or did they say "GFY!"?...
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How did the Democrats RESPOND to the 2009 McConnell letter?...Did they say "OK...That's fair!"?, or did they say "GFY!"?...
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yep
probably still some unconfirmed obama nominees
many low or mid level
just to thwart the process
mcconalds a turd
I hope schumer takes him to the mat
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Cory Booker: McConnell wanted full ethics review of Obama nominees before hearings | PolitiFact



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McConnell’s office, meanwhile, argued that Booker mischaracterized the letter. McConnell’s communications director David Popp pointed out that by the time McConnell sent letter on Feb. 12, the Senate had already held hearings for everyone Obama nominated. This is accurate, and all but one of the 13 nominees was confirmed before Feb. 12.

"If you read the letter, it simply calls for continuing the best practices and precedents of the Senate — it does not ask for new preconditions the way Sen. Booker and other Democrats are now doing, such as calling for the tax returns of all nominees, rather than only in those committees that regularly request returns," he said.

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Booker said, "In 2009, Mitch McConnell was the person that’s saying, 'Hey, we should have all the ethics information in before we do the hearings.' "

McConnell wrote a letter on Feb. 12, 2009 that advocated for completion of disclosure forms before hearings and as a condition of floor consideration. But most of the the people Obama nominated by the time of McConnell's letter had already been approved.
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But most of the the people Obama nominated by the time of McConnell's letter had already been approved.
no they were drug out for 8 years
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no they were drug out for 8 years
Like do you have a link for that?
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Like do you have a link for that?

Sure, B ab e
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During President Barack Obama's terms in office, he nominated 7 people for 27 different federal appellate judgeships and although some nominees were processed by the Repubican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, many of them stalled on the floor of the Senate

As a response to the continuing blocking of several of President Obama's nominees, Sen. Harry Reid on November 21, 2013 invoked the so-called Nuclear option and changed the Senate rules, meaning a simple majority vote will suffice for all nominees except for the Supreme Court
List of failed, stalled or filibustered appellate nominees
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack...llate_nominees
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A Minefield of Delay and Obstruction
Obama's Judicial Appointments in a Time of Extraordinary Obstruction | Scholars Strategy Network

The Obama administration got off to a halting start in vetting and proposing nominees, until White House personnel changes made the process of evaluating candidates and forwarding presidential nominations more efficient. But the Senate became much more of a bottleneck after the 2010 elections increased the Republican ranks from 41 to 55.

Breaking tradition, many Senators, especially Republicans, refuse to suggest nominees from their state or let nominations to proceed in the Judiciary Committee or Senate floor.

Obama nominees have to fill out much more lengthy questionnaires, and judicial nominees who self-report their youthful drug indiscretions are now held to be disqualified if they used marijuana at any time after passing the bar examination or used any other illegal substance after the age of 18.

Several extremely conservative, recently elected Tea Party Senators insist that they be allowed to review nominees before they are allowed to go forward, taking advantage of the Senate custom that any single Senator can hold up a nomination.
An index we have developed to measure obstruction and delay shows, that the hurdles have reached unprecedented levels under Obama, especially hindering the progress of nominees to district courts who used to advance smoothly unless usual problems surfaced. During his first term in office, Republican President George W. Bush had 168 confirmed federal district judges out of 198 nominations, an 87.5% success rate. But President Obama has had 141 confirmations from 205 nominations, a 68.6% success rate. Obama’s rate of success for appeals court nominees exceeded Bush’s, but Obama nominated fewer candidates, so he ended up with 27 seated compared to W. Bush’s first term total of 34. This is indicative of considerable trouble for Obama, because Bush faced a Democratic-controlled Senate for two of his first four years in office, whereas Obama has enjoyed Democratic Senate majorities – just not majorities high enough to break judicial filibusters once the Republicans started using them routinely.
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It’s Not Just Merrick Garland: Republicans Are Blocking So Many Nominees It’s Caused a Judicial Emergencyhttp://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/16/it-s-not-just-merrick-garland-republicans-are-blocking-so-many-nominees-it-s-caused-a-judicial-emergency.html
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Do Obama Nominees Face Stiffer Senate Opposition?Do Obama Nominees Face Stiffer Senate Opposition? - Washington Wire - WSJ
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