Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is being pressured to slow down all considerations of President Biden’s judicial nominees. Graham is the Republican in the Judiciary Committee to have most frequently voted in favor of Biden’s nominees. This decision has largely been criticized lately after the Democrats celebrated their 100th successful confirmation of a Biden judicial nominee.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, has argued that Republicans should not have allowed the Democrats to confirm so many of Biden’s nominees to the federal court during the first half of Biden’s presidency when the Senate had been split evenly.
During an interview with the Hill, Hawley argued that the Republican leadership had not taken advantage of the 50-50 Senate in the way that they should have. He added that they should have taken more action to vote together in order to try and block some circuit court nominees.
He continued to say that the Republicans did not concentrate their efforts at all while Democratic Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin [D-Ill.] never took “his eye off the ball.”
Senate Democrats have outpaced the Republicans who during Trump’s administration had managed to confirm their 100th judge in May of 2019. This is a milestone that the Democrats managed to reach about three months earlier.
Graham told the Hill that he could not do a lot to block the Democrats from approving Biden’s nominees as they controlled the Judiciary Committee on an 11-10 majority.