March 5, 2022

Biden’s Court Pick Hits Roadblock

President Joe Biden’s nominee to fill a district court vacancy hit a roadblock after a GOP senator signaled that William Pocan wouldn’t have his support.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he isn’t moving forward with Pocan’s nomination after Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) indicated his objection.

According to The Hill, the Senate has a precedent, known as the blue slip rule, that allows a home-state senator to effectively block a district court nominee from their state by not returning their blue slip — a piece of paper that indicates if a senator supports a nomination.

Durbin had generally pledged to honor the blue slip precedent for district court nominees but left the door open to exceptions if the process was abused in “those cases where it appears to clearly be a case of discrimination based on gender, race or sexual orientation.”

“The blue slip on district courts is clear,” Durbin said, adding that the caveat he had previously outlined “doesn’t apply here, I don’t think.” 

The situation marks the first case of a Biden district court nomination stalling out because of a blue slip objection from a home-state senator.


Biden court pick hits roadblock after GOP objection

2 comments on Biden’s Court Pick Hits Roadblock

  1. JAS says:

    “The blue slip rule” there is no discrimination based on gender, race or sexual orientation, but corruption will try to say there is. You know not all decisions are based on gender, race or sexual orientation! I bet the corrupt government will ignore the blue slip rule and push the nomination through.

  2. 2004done says:

    “Discrimination” is supposed to be illegal because favoring one race MUST disadvantage another, yet the POTUS discriminating against hispanic, white, and asian men to nominate a SCOTUS justice based upon skin color and sex leaves NO ILLUSIONs about how this Democrat administration values DIVISION over equal opportunity or enforcement of laws. Why would a home Senatoir’s disapproval of a mere district court judgeship be of any more consequence than ignoring Laws when nominating to SCOTUS?

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