Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following comment in response to a statement released earlier today by the Judiciary Committee Chairman.
“There’s no doubt that after the Democrats broke the rules to change the rules, it’s going to be harder to get things done. There is only one party that voted for the irresponsible rules change. And, the fact of the matter is that given the atmosphere the Democrats created by invoking the nuclear option, nominations are going to be given added scrutiny.
“It’s interesting that Democrats are blaming Republicans for not being at an executive business meeting last month. They must have a short memory. That was the very day and time that the Democrats decided to ignore two centuries of Senate history and precedent to break the rules and invoked the nuclear option with a simple majority vote, thereby disrupting the committee mark-up.
“The so-called obstruction of nominees is a figment of the Democrats’ imagination. They are blatantly misleading the public. We have confirmed 44 judicial nominees this year alone. To put this number in context, the Democrats allowed only 21 of President Bush’s judicial nominees to be confirmed in the fifth year of his presidency. The only thing being obstructed is the rights of the minority.
“Now, they are resorting to new threats at the committee level. It’s a sad commentary on the Democrats’ rule of the Senate and the Obama administration. They are slowly but surely taking the world’s greatest deliberative body and moving towards a majoritarian body, all in the name of rubberstamping the President’s extremely unpopular regulatory agenda.”