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Senate Could Be Tied up For Weeks Voting on Trump Nominees

Senate majority leader moved to limit debate on a slew of nominations Wednesday

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set up a long series of potential nomination votes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to thwart filibusters of more than a dozen of President Donald Trump’s nominees Wednesday afternoon.

The move sets up the potential for weeks of virtually continuous sessions of the Senate, although it is more likely that a bipartisan agreement will be reached at least ahead of the long Labor Day weekend.

The list of 17 nominees is highlighted by Richard Clarida to the Federal Reserve and a slew of Trump nominees to fill federal judgeships in seats across the country.

If senators were to object to time agreements, the Senate could literally spend weeks doing little other than considering the nominations, a move that complicates much of the legislative agenda for the rest of the year, particularly when it comes to finishing consideration of government spending bills before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. 

Here is the list of nominees:

  • Lynn A. Johnson to be assistant secretary for Family Support, Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Richard Clarida to be vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Richard Clarida to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Joseph H. Hunt to be an assistant attorney general.
  • Isabel Marie Keenan Patelunas to be assistant secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Treasury.
  • Terry Fitzgerald Moorer to be U.S. District judge for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • R. Stan Baker to be U.S. District judge for the Southern District of Georgia.
  • Charles Barnes Goodwin to be U.S. District judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
  • Barry W. Ashe to be U.S. District judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • James R. Sweeney II to be U.S. District judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
  • Susan Paradise Baxter to be U.S. District judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Marilyn Jean Horan to be U.S. District judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • William F. Jung to be U.S. District judge for the Middle District of Florida
  • Dominic W. Lanza to be U.S. District judge for the District of Arizona.
  • Charles J. Williams to be U.S. District judge for the Northern District of Iowa.
  • Robert R. Summerhays to be U.S. District judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Alan D. Albright to be U.S. District judge for the Western District of Texas.

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