Schumer Statement on Brennan Judicial Nomination and the Need to Honor the Blue Slip Process

April 26, 2018

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the Brennan judicial nomination and the importance of honoring the blue slip process:

“Any Republican complaining about the pace of confirmations should be asked to justify Michael Brennan’s nomination to fill a vacant seat on the Seventh Circuit in Wisconsin. Thanks to obstruction by Senator Johnson and his decision to block two different nominees, this seat remained vacant for eight years, as Democrats respected the blue slip process. Now, Republicans are further trampling the rights of the minority by ignoring the blue slip tradition, and complaining that 30 hours is too long to wait to fill a seat that they held open for eight years. Rather than working in a bipartisan way to find a qualified candidate who could earn the support of both Wisconsin Senators, Republicans are yet again breaking the rules of the Senate to steal another judicial seat.

“Republicans, stop complaining.”