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The Senate's Confirmation Shutdown - NY Times editorial

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'The Senate's GOP led by McConnell, refuse to confirm Merrick Garland because they want to deny Obama another seat on the court, regardless of the nominee’s qualifications, but it is only the most glaring example of the historic slowdown in filling federal court vacancies. This has been enormously damaging to  district courts, which deal with hundreds of thousands of cases annually and drags out lawsuits and delays justice. This disgraceful, destructive behavior extends well beyond the judiciary. The Senate has approved the fewest civilian nominees by a president in 30 years, according to an analysis  by the Congressional Research Service. It is true that both parties manipulate the confirmation process when they are in power, but current GOP leaders have taken it to an extreme. They should not be surprised if, come November, the voters choose representatives who actually do their job.'

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