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Biden’s Court Picks Face Fierce GOP Opposition

Most Republicans have voted for only a handful of the 40 judicial picks confirmed by the Senate this year, with a GOP senator voting on average for fewer than five nominees, according to a Hill review of the votes.
Biden's court picks face fierce GOP opposition
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President Biden is facing fierce opposition from the Republicans to his court picks, marking the latest escalation of an increasingly partisan fight in the Senate over the nation’s courts. 

Most Republicans have voted for only a handful of the 40 judicial picks confirmed by the Senate this year, with a GOP senator voting on average for fewer than five nominees, according to a Hill review of the votes. 

It’s a steep departure from the Obama years that, absent a reversal, judiciary watchers warn, represents a “new normal” in what has historically been a largely mundane but key part of the Senate’s work: confirming judicial nominees. 

Asked about the GOP opposition, Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, noted that some Democrats on the panel began widespread opposition to former President Trump’s nominees off the bat. 

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