WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today participated in a Rules Committee markup to review Senator James Lankford’s (R-Okla.) resolution, “Improving procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.” The measure, S. Res. 355, would limit post-cloture debate time to allow a more effective confirmation process for certain judicial and executive nominations.
“I am proud to see that we are making progress toward improving the Senate nominations process,” said Senator Shelby. “Despite stalling tactics from the Democrats, the Republican-led Senate is one step closer to expeditiously confirming President Trump’s judicial nominees. Once confirmed, these nominees will not only help impact courts in Alabama and other individual states, but they will also have the ability to influence the entire nation for generations to come.”
S. Res. 355 would reduce post-cloture debate time for most executive branch nominees from 30 hours to eight hours and District Court nominees from 30 hours to two hours. However, the 30 hours of post-cloture debate time for Supreme Court, Circuit Court, and Cabinet-level nominees would remain the same under the proposed resolution.
In December 2017, Senator Shelby held a hearing as chairman of the Rules Committee to review Senator Lankford’s resolution. The full committee met today to debate the bill and advanced the resolution by a vote of 10 to 9. The measure now awaits consideration by the full Senate.
In 2017, the Senate confirmed 261 of President Trump’s nominations, compared to 418 nominations in President Obama’s first year and 483 nominations in President Bush’s first year.
Additionally, President Trump’s nominees have faced 88 cloture votes in the first year, versus a total of 24 cloture votes for the previous six presidents.
The state of Alabama currently has five District Court nominees awaiting consideration before the full Senate.