STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Grassley says he'll ignore "blue slips" blocking judicial nominees

Moving ahead with confirmation hearings over home-state objections.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 6:44 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is upending longstanding precedent on two judicial nominees.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Thursday he's going ahead with confirmation hearings for two appellate court nominees, Davis Stras of Minnesota and Kyle Duncan of Louisiana.

Grassley says he won't allow a senator to block a nominee by refusing to return a so-called blue slip signing off on a home-state judicial nominee.

Grassley says the Senate has traditionally used the blue slip as a courtesy to get the views of home-state senators on nominees.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the decision will allow President Donald Trump to cut Democrats out of the process for selecting judicial nominees and continue a pattern of selecting nominees she calls far outside the mainstream.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 88°
Albert Lea
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 89°
Austin
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 89°
Charles City
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 88°
Rochester
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 87°
Tracking Heat and Isolated Storm Chances
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Moon Landing Celebration

Image

President Stands By Tweets

Image

Staying Healthy at the Fair

Image

How To Prevent a Heat Emergency

Image

Setting Up For Floyd County Fair After Tornadoes

Image

My Money Community Spotlight: Hiawatha Homes, part 2

Image

Tracking More Heat & Chances for Severe Weather

${article.thumbnail.title}

StormTeam 3: Tracking more heat & severe weather risks

Image

StormTeam3 - We Track Storms

Image

Racing sail boats on Clear Lake

Community Events