Senate Republicans followed through late Wednesday with threats to retaliate for President Barack Obamas recess appointment last week by objecting to a unanimous consent request made by Democrats to hold a floor debate to consider two judicial nominees.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected to the request regarding the nominees to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which was offered by Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).
He offered a lengthy objection that he said was based on Obamas use of a recess appointment to install Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as previous Democratic objections to judicial nominees to the 4th Circuit made by President George W. Bush.
Democrats didnt schedule so much as a committee hearing to Donald Berwick, McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.