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John McCain

mccainAnother old lion of the Senate who’s roar is now silenced. A measure of a true statesman is someone you will listen too respectfully even though you strongly oppose their position on the issue. RIP John McCain 1936 – 2018. Wait and see if it’s Arlington he’s buried in. No, it is to be the US Naval Academy cemetery and he’ll be buried there next to a close friend, the late Admiral Charles (Chuck) Larson.

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Politics of Confirmation

lorettalynchThe Senators of the US Congress finally did their job and voted to either confirm or reject the appointment of Loretta Lynch for the position of Attorney general. I remember the nomination of Judge Bork for the US Supreme court. I can remember thinking at that time the US Senate has every right to confirm, it has every right to reject, but the Senators have no right to avoid or delay making that decision to confirm or reject. They are being paid a salary to do a job. That job with any presidential appointment that requires senate confirmation is to come to a decision that the appointee is qualified or not to hold the position that they have been nominated for. Confirm it or reject it but 24 weeks of partisan Bull s**t is enough. Your job as a US Senator is to make the determination that Loretta Lynch is qualified or not to be the US Attorney general. Not to play pure partisan politics with it. Who do the Senators work for, the citizens and taxpayers of the US of A, or the vested interests and partisan donors of permanent campaign mode? God bless America caus’ I think she needs it!

I came up with this idea 28 years ago when Judge Bork was nominated to be an associate Justice of the US Supreme court. Have 5 set days for when the confirmation vote is held. A default day of the 20th sitting of the Senate after the nomination. The Senate by super majority votes can hold the vote earlier at 5 or 10 sitting days after the nomination. The Senate by minority votes can hold the confirmation vote later then the default day at either 30 or 40 sitting days of the Senate after the nomination by the President. This is summed up below.

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Set days are the 5 days on which the Senate will vote to confirm.

Vote for is the sitting day after the nomination when the Senate votes to hold the confirmation vote for other then the default day. One day after the nomination is the vote to hold the confirmation vote very early, two days after is the vote for an early confirmation, ten days after is the vote for a late confirmation, and twenty days after is the vote for an extra late confirmation.

Votes is the votes required to change from the default day to that set day.

Sitting days is how many days when the Senate is in session after the nomination that the Senate holds the confirmation vote.

Attorney general Lynch was nominated by President Obama on Saturday November 8, 2014. The default set day for her confirmation vote would have been Wednesday January 7, 2015, 20 sitting days of the Senate or 8 weeks after her nomination. The earliest day for the confirmation vote would have been 11 days after and the last day would have been 3 months after her nomination and not this five and a half months crap.

The Nuclear Option

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The nuclear option / CNN

I remember the nomination of Judge Bork to the Supreme Court by Pres. Ronald Reagan in the 80s. The nomination was opposed by the Democratic majority in the Senate and was rejected by the Senate. During this process I remember thinking that the Senate has every right to confirm the appointment, every right to reject the appointment, but no right to delay or abstain from making a decision on the appointment. With the Senate rule requiring 60 votes to end a filibuster this gives the minority the ability to block a decision made by a majority of the Senate. The majority has every right to pass a motion and every right to reject a motion but the minority has no right to prevent the majority from doing one or the other.

In the Senate rules dealing with nominations there should be five set days on which the Senate shall vote to confirm or reject any nomination.

  • The default day shall be the first daily sitting of the Senate that is 30 days after the nomination by the president.
  • By the vote of 67 senators the nomination vote will be the first daily sitting of the Senate that is 10 days after the nomination.
  • By a vote of 60 senators the nomination vote will be the first daily sitting of the Senate 20 days after the nomination.
  • By a vote of 34 senators the nomination will be voted on the first daily sitting of the Senate 45 days after the nomination.
  • By a vote of 50 senators the nomination will be voted on the first daily sitting of the Senate 60 days after the nomination.

This process gives you a default vote on a nomination 30 days after the appointment. By super majorities the Senate can vote earlier than the 30 days and by minorities can hold the vote later than those 30 days. The Senate shall hold a confirmation vote on a nomination on one of five set days they being 10 days, 20 days, 30 days, 45 days, and 60 days after the appointment by the president. If you wish to keep needing 60 votes to get to a vote on a nomination then have the rules state you need 60 votes to confirm not a simple majority.

The power of Democracy is vested in the majority and in the minority it’s principle

From the National Congress webpage.

Acting president  Barry Aulis